Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said this morning that winger Shawn Thornton
should return to the B’s line-up for tonight’s tilt with the Islanders.
“Thornton is probably going to end up coming in to our lineup. I think he’s ready to go,” Julien said this morning.
Thornton, who has been sidelined the past three games after receiving 40 stitches in his forehead, had those stitches removed following yesterday’s practice and is ready to rejoin his teammates on the ice.
“I feel great, feel awesome,” Thornton said after the team’s optional morning skate.
Thornton skated a few times with a half shield, but at yesterday’s practice was back to playing without eye protection. Thornton said he’s been using a new helmet and had to cut some of the padding out of the inside to make room for his swollen scar.
Coach Julien said the Bruins other roster decisions, including which forward will be scratched and which two defensemen will sit, are going to be made prior to the start of the game.