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Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  December 23, 2008 12:30 PM

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Tim Thomas was the first goalie off the ice this morning, indicating he will start tonight. Manny Fernandez had started the last two games.

* Patrice Bergeron remains at his Boston home today. He is still experiencing headaches.

* While the Bruins have played some less-than-stellar opponents lately, they will go up against a formidable club in New Jersey, which is 3-1-1 in its last five games. "[Martin Brodeur] is still a key element to that team," Claude Julien said. "But I think we're realizing that the rest of the team isn't bad either. You just watch them play and they're hard on the puck. Relentless. Don't give you much space. I think they're probably at their best right now."

Tonight's expected lineup:

Milan Lucic
Marc Savard
Phil Kessel
Blake Wheeler
David Krejci
Michael Ryder
P.J. Axelsson
Stephane Yelle
Chuck Kobasew
Vladimir Sobotka
Martin St. Pierre
Shawn Thornton
Mark Stuart
Zdeno Chara
Matt Lashoff
Dennis Wideman
Matt Hunwick
Shane Hnidy
Tim Thomas
Manny Fernandez
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