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The Bruins travel to Atlanta tonight to face captain Ilya Kovalchuk and the Thrashers (10-6-1, 21 pts.).
Boston (8-8-4, 20 pts.) hopes to have a familiar face back in the lineup tonight, as Milan Lucic could make his return this evening. Lucic, who has been nursing a broken finger, returned to practice late last week, and has been cleared to play. He did not initially travel with the team last night due to a stomach bug, but reports indicate he has rejoined the team this morning and will be a game-time decision tonight.
Also close to his return is center Marc Savard. Savard, recuperating from a broken foot, is with the team, but is less likely to play this evening. Several reports indicate that he should be back in the lineup by Monday in St. Louis at the latest.
For the Thrashers, they look to extend their current winning streak to five games tonight, as they play their third game of a five-game homestand. Atlanta, who has played fewer games than any other team in the NHL thus far, is coming off a 3-2 win Sunday over Edmonton, which was preceded by a 7-0 butt-whooping of the L.A. Kings last Friday.
Let’s look now at a few more newsworthy notes and some noteworthy news leading up to tonight’s skate…