Defenseman Kris Letang will return for Pittsburgh's grudge match against the Bruins in Boston on Thursday at TD Banknorth Garden at 7 p.m.
Letang's return will give Pittsburgh eight healthy defensemen. Pittsburgh dressed seven defensemen on Tuesday in the first installment of the home-and-home series with Boston, experimenting with Alex Goligoski at forward.
Head coach Michel Therrien wouldn't reveal how the lineup will shape up with Letang's return. He also said that Eric Godard will be a game-time decision. Goaltender Dany Sabourin will make his first start in goal since Dec. 13 at Philadelphia.
Also, Therrien also named forward Petr Sykora and defenseman Ryan Whitney as the team's alternate captains for the month of January.