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While the focus for many area hockey fans has turned to the preparations for the upcoming Winter Classic game at Fenway, the Bruins still have seven games to go before the big festivities. That schedule begins this evening in Chicago, where Boston (16-10-6) will face off against the Central Division leading Blackhawks (21-8-3) in the first of a back-to-back pair of games against fellow Original Six members. Boston will travel to Toronto for a game against the Leafs tomorrow evening.
Boston’s blue line corps has been bitten by the injury bug as of late. The B’s will be without Dennis Wideman tonight, as he sits with an undisclosed injury, while tonight will be the first game missed by workhorse Mark Stuart, who will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a broken sternum, which he suffered in the game Monday evening against Philadelphia. Stuart hasn’t missed a game since his NHL debut, a streak that will end tonight.
In their place, the Bruins have called up AHL’ers Adam McQuaid and Andy Wozniewski from Providence. One will make their Bruins debut tonight, while the other will likely serve as a healthy scratch. Expect to see Chara, Morris, Ference, Hunwick, Boychuk, and either McQuaid or Wozniewski on the ice this evening.
Let’s now look a little closer at tonight’s matchup in the Windy City…