BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins will star the new year with a new goaltender.
Rookie Niklas Svedberg has been recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League and is scheduled to start against the Nashville Predators on Thursday at TD Garden.
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:
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg - Ryan Spooner - Matt Fraser
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Jordan Caron
Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski - Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid
Scratched: Chad Johnson, Kevan Miller
Suspended: Shawn Thornton
Injured: Loui Eriksson (concussion), Chris Kelly (leg)
Viktor Stalberg - Matt Cullen - Gabriel Bourque
Colin Wilson - Mike Fisher - Patric Hornqvist
Nick Spaling - David Legwand - Craig Smith
Eric Nystrom - Paul Gaustad - Matt Hendricks
Ryan Ellis - Kevin Klein
Shea Weber - Roman Josi
Seth Jones - Mattias Ekholm
Scratched: Rich Clune, Victor Bartley
Injured: Pekka Rinne (hip)