BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins will star the new year with a new goaltender.
The Bruins' other goaltenders, Tuukka Rask and Chad Johnson, are healthy, but the Bruins wanted to reward Svedberg for his solid play last season and this season with some NHL experience in his second season of North American hockey.
The 24-year-old signed as a free agent out of Sweden in May 2012.
"It's feeling good. Right now I'm just trying to stay calm, focus on the game, what I'm going to do out there," Svedberg said. "That's my only focus right now and we'll see after the game."
The Bruins' lineup also should feature a couple of players that have missed time recently because of injury. Defenseman Dougie Hamilton (lower body) is scheduled to return after missing 10 games and Carl Soderberg (head) should end his two-game absence.
Nashville will counter in goal with Marek Mazanec, who has won his past two decisions.
Here are the projected lineups for the Bruins and Predators:
Suspended: Shawn Thornton
Injured: Pekka Rinne (hip)