WILMINGTON, Mass. — For players like Marco Sturm and Matt Hunwick the wait is scheduled to end 7 p.m. tonight at Madison Square Garden, where the Boston Bruins will play their preseason opener against the New York Rangers.

Sturm, out since last December after knee surgery, and Hunwick, who didn’t play after an emergency splenectomy after Game 1 of the Bruins’ playoff series with Montreal, are part of a group of players that are skating right now at Ristuccia Arena before departing for New York.

Here’s how the lineup looks this morning:


Dany Sabourin, Tuukka Rask


Marco Sturm-Zach Hamill-Blake Wheeler

Milan Lucic-Max Sauve-Chuck Kobasew

Vladimir Sobotka-Byron Bitz-Jamie Arniel

Brad Marchand-Trent Whitfield-Mikko Lehtonen


Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk

Jeff Penner-Matt Hunwick

Andrew Bodnarchuk-Adam McQuaid

Here is the expected Rangers’ roster for the game, courtesy of the New York Daily News:

5-Dan Girardi-D

12-Ales Kotalik-RW

18-Marc Staal-D

21-Christopher Higgins-LW

22-Brian Boyle-C

23-Chris Drury-C

24- Ryan Callahan-RW

25-Alexei Semenov-D

D-31-Matt Zaba-G

32-Michael Sauer-D

36-Dane Byers-LW

38-P.A. Parenteau-LW

40-Steve Valiquette-G

42-Artem Anisimov-C

43-Michael Del Zotto-D

59-Evgeny Grachev-C

81-Enver Lisin-LW

85-Matt Maccarone-LW

87-Donald Brashear-RW

97-Matt Gilroy-D