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September 15, 2009 7:03 PM

9/15 Pregame Notes and Lineups - Bruins at Rangers

Here are the anticipated lineups for tonight's preseason game between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Face-off is scheduled for 7:00.

#12 F Chuck Kobasew
#16 F Marco Sturm
#17 F Milan Lucic
#26 F Blake Wheeler
#32 G Dany Sabourin
#33 D Zdeno Chara
#40 G Tuukka Rask
#42 F Trent Whitfield
#48 D Matt Hunwick
#52 F Zach Hamill
#54 D Adam McQuaid
#55 D Johnny Boychuk
#60 F Vladimir Sobotka
#61 F Byron Bitz
#62 D Jeff Penner
#63 F Brad Marchand
#65 D Andrew Bodnarchuk
#68 F Mikko Lehtonen
#72 F Jamie Arniel
#74 F Max Sauve

#5 D Dan Girardi
#12 F Ales Kotalik
#18 D Marc Staal
#21 F Christopher Higgins
#22 F Brian Boyle
#23 F Chris Drury
#24 F Ryan Callahan
#25 D Alexei Semenov
#31 G Matt Zaba
#32 D Mike Sauer
#36 F Dane Byers
#38 F Pierre Parenteau
#40 G Stephen Valiquette
#42 F Artem Anisimov
#43 D Michael Del Zotto
#59 F Evgeny Grachev
#81 F Enver Lisin
#85 F Matt Maccarone
#87 F Donald Brashear
#97 D Matt Gilroy

- Tuukka Rask is expected to play the entire game for the Bruins, with Dany Sabourin slated to start on Wednesday against Toronto. Stephen Valiquette will be starting for New York.

- Johnny Boychuk has an opportunity to make a strong first case for the seventh defensive spot on the roster. He will likely be paired with Zdeno Chara, which could help his cause even more. Drew Fata and Andy Wozniewski should both be in the lineup on Wednesday.

- Vladimir Sobotka has played in 73 regular season games at the NHL level, but has failed to make Boston's opening night roster in back-to-back seasons. With David Krejci questionable for the start of the season, expect Sobotka to do everything possible in order to ensure that he is on the ice against Washington on October 1st.

- Marco Sturm will be playing in his first game since November 17th of last season. Sturm faces a similar situation to that of Patrice Bergeron last year. Bergeron was knocked out of action during the tenth game of the 2007-08 season, and didn't play again until the following training camp. Although his game looked smooth, Bergeron was only able to light the lamp eight times in 64 games last season. How will Sturm respond to an extended period of time off?

- Eight players in Boston's lineup spent at least 19 games with the club last season. Dany Sabourin and Trent Whitfield bring NHL experience from other teams, while Johnny Boychuk, Mikko Lehtonen, and Tuukka Rask have all received cups of coffee from the Bruins. On the flipside, 15 members of the Rangers have played in at least one game in the NHL.

- According to the Hockey News' yearbook, the Bruins have five of their top ten prospects playing in this game. They are: Rask (1), Marchand (4), Hamill (5), McQuaid (7), and Sauve (9). The Rangers have four of their top ten. They are: Grachev (1), Del Zotto (2), Gilroy (4), and Anisimov (5). Sauve, Grachev, and Del Zotto were all selected in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Rask, Hamill, and Del Zotto are all former first round draft picks.

- For at least one game, Boston gets to avoid the antics of Sean Avery. Other significant players missing for New York tonight are: Marian Gaborik, Wade Redden, Vinny Prospal, Michal Rozsival, Bobby Sanguinetti, and Ryan Bourque.

- With another head-to-head battle scheduled on Saturday in Boston, fans may still get the opportunity to catch the premiere goaltending match-up of Tim Thomas and Henrik Lundqvist.

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