Tim Thomas' groin injury is healed, meaning he'll be in goal when his new team, the Florida Panthers, host his old club, the Boston Bruins, on Thursday night. His former goaltending partner, Tuukka Rask, is looking forward to the matchup.
"I never thought that we would play against each other," Rask told the Bruins website following practice Wednesday in Sunrise, Fla. "But I'm glad that he made his comeback and proved people wrong again, and I hope he does well."
Rask was the backup to Thomas for three seasons, as well as during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when Thomas won the Conn Smythe Trophy while leading Boston to its first championship since 1972. He backed up Thomas again in 2011-12 before getting his chance to start when Thomas opted to sit out last season.