The B’s Tim Thomas is starting in goal for Boston this evening.
"Tank" is 27-20-3 with a .906 save percentage and a 3.09 goals against average. He has three shutouts on the year.
New Flyers netminder (as of Tuesday), Martin Biron, will start in goal for Philadelphia.
The goalie, who was previously in Buffalo, is having his name stitched on an orange and white and black jersey as this is written, and Biron, who was backing up Ryan Miller with the Sabres, is 12-4-1, with .899 sv% and a 3.04 GAA.
In other news, Bruins forward Chuck Kobasew is out tonight (day-to-day, elbow). Defenseman Jason York is a healthy scratch.
Glen Murray is in. Petr Tenkrat is in. And both new defensemen Aaron Ward and Dennis Wideman are in the lineup for Boston.
"It’s good to have (Murray and Tenkrat) coming back," said Bruins head coach Dave Lewis after the pre-game skate this morning.
He was asked if he would have to monitor them closely -- Murray especially.
"You know, the first couple of shifts we’ll see how (they feel) and probably after that, not a lot. (Murray) will indicate to one of us if he is not feeling well. For me (it’s important) for them to get a couple of shifts under their belt and usually they’re good to go," explained Lewis.
When asked about his new players Lewis thought they would be raring to get into the game.
"I am sure they are excited," he said. "They’ll want to play well in front of their teammates and here in the Garden.
"So that’s something I will look forward to watching."
Lewis did think that Wideman’s and Ward’s transitions would be smooth.
"I am hoping (it’s not) very long. We’ve added (several) new guys over the last couple of weeks, so, if the other guys are any indication, it hasn’t been a long adjustment," said Lewis.
"I am hoping they can get right into it," he said, and reminded the writers and TV journalists that with all the talk of systems and such "it’s still just hockey."
"The puck is the same, the rinks are the same -- the jersey is different, your teammates are different, but it’s still hockey."
The lines and lineup is different, too: Axelsson - Savard - Murray Sturm - Bergeron - Bochenski Chistov - Kessel - Tenkrat Reich - Mowers - Donovan Chara - Ward - (sg) Thomas Alberts - Ference - (bg) MacDonald Wideman - Allen (out: Kobasew, York)
"With (Ward being) a right hand shot, we’ll put Z on the left side," said Coach. "Aaron’s got experience…left side (and) right side, and I know Z can play the right side, too."
"So it’s nice to have guys who are flexible."
As Gene Hackman’s Norman Dale said in Hoosiers, "This is your team" Boston Bruins fans.
"That’s what I told them this morning," said Lewis. "There’s nobody else now. We’ve made a commitment and the organization has made a commitment to these guys, and we’ve got new faces in here now that hopefully we can just (keep winning) one game at a time."