Thomas to face Lightning

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.

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