- James Murphy, Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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BOSTON -- The Bruins held an optional skate at TD Garden this morning in advance of their 7:30 p.m. game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Only Tuukka Rask, Chris Kelly, Michael Ryder, Tyler Seguin, Gregory Campbell, Shane Hnidy, Steven Kampfer and Adam McQuaid participated.
It is not known if Rask will get the nod between the pipes after Tim Thomas started the last game, but the guess here is that with Rask skating and Thomas resting this morning, Thomas will start.
As for other possible lineup changes and maybe Shane Hnidy making his first appearance this season in a Bruins uniform, coach Claude Julien said "probably not tonight."
He added, "As we move on here, there's certainly going to be some guys moving in and out of the lineup. We're certainly preparing for that. Right now, everybody played so well last game, we want to keep this team together. We know what this team playing here tonight represents. It's an important game for us."
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