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Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  November 17, 2008 12:28 PM

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P.J. Axelsson, Chuck Kobasew, Zdeno Chara, Marco Sturm, Stephane Yelle, Shane Hnidy, and Shawn Thornton didn't participate in the morning skate. The rest of the Bruins skated for approximately 30 minutes, with Tim Thomas leaving the ice before Manny Fernandez.

* Colin Campbell, NHL senior vice president and director of hockey operations, issued a memo last week regarding head shots and how discipline will increase if players continue to throw them. "We have to play as hard as we can but within the rules," said Claude Julien. "We're not encouraging head shots. We don't want head shots. When you look at some of the injuries, it's a fast-paced game. It happens sometimes and it's up to the league to take charge of those situations and deal with them. I'm certainly not going to tell my team to stop forechecking or finishing its checks. But we have to be aware that there's a certain element of respect out there. You're not out there to go after heads but just finishing your checks."

* Julien said he will continue to consider options on the No. 2 power-play unit to replace Andrew Ference. Against the Rangers, Axelsson manned the left point. Dennis Wideman was responsible for carrying the puck on the breakouts. But Wideman said everything else was the same with Axelsson at the point.

* Before the skate, Thomas was in conversation with Tony Priolo, who has helped to design and manufacture the goalie's unique masks.

* Ron Wilson declined to answer a question about Milan Lucic. "I don't want to talk about Bruins players," Wilson said. "Sorry."

Tonight's expected lineup:

Milan Lucic
Marc Savard
Phil Kessel
P.J. Axelsson
Patrice Bergeron
Michael Ryder
Marco Sturm
David Krejci
Blake Wheeler
Chuck Kobasew
Stephane Yelle
Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara
Aaron Ward
Matt Hunwick
Dennis Wideman
Mark Stuart
Shane Hnidy
Tim Thomas
Manny Fernandez
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