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Ryder, Sobotka at morning skate

Forwards Michael Ryder and Vladimir Sobotka took part in the Bruins' morning skate Wednesday at TD Garden one day after missing practice for "maintenance."

In all, 15 players took advantage of the optional skate in preparation for the evening game against Atlanta (7 p.m.).

Tim Thomas was the first goaltender off the ice, so he's expected to get the start.