Tim Thomas and Marc Andre Fleury were the first players onto the ice for the Bruins and Penguins respectively, and will get the start in the Saturday afternoon matinee at TD Garden. Thomas has won three in a row during the recent Boston doldrums over the last 10 games and is coming off a 45-save performance in a 3-1 victory over the Penguins in their only meeting of the season at the CONSOL Energy Center.
Thomas is 8-4-4 with a 2.63 goals against average and a .915 save percentage in 16 career games against the Penguins, who have been battling for survival ever since Sidney Crosby went down with concussion symptoms in that very-same Dec. 5 game against the Bruins.
Other than Thomas inserted between the pipes, the Bruins lineup is exactly the same as it was in Thursdays shutout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes:
Friday's practice participation/injury report for Monday night's Patriots-Ravens game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
DB Jordan Richards (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (hamstring)
DB Eric Rowe (hamstring)
WR/SpT Matthew Slater (foot)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
TE Crockett Gilmore (thigh)
LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related)
RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh)
C Jeremy Zuttah (not injury related)
G Alex Lewis (ankle)
G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)
Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis.
Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time.
The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.
Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.