As expected, the Boston Bruins will start Tim Thomas in net vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at TD Banknorth Garden. The veteran will be opposed by Mike Smith in a rematch of last Thursday’s match-up in Tampa, which Boston won 3-1.

•Winger Ryan Malone, my player to watch from this morning’s preview of the game, is out tonight with an upper-body injury.

•Tampa Bay star center Vinny Lecavalier is sporting an impressive shiner from his fight with Buffalo’s Jochen Hecht Saturday night — a bout that clearly went in the Sabres winger’s W column.