BOSTON — The Bruins will look to make it three in a row tonight when they host the Lightning at TD Garden.
Here are some notes from the morning skate:
•Everyone was on the ice, except center Vladimir Sobotka, who is still feeling effects from the hit by Evgeni Artyukhin Tuesday night in Atlanta. Sobotka will not play and will be replaced in the lineup by call-up Trent Whitfield. Head coach Claude Julien said Sobotka felt better today and will be re-evaluated Friday. So far, doctors have not ruled the injury a concussion, according to Julien.
•The big news today was that the NHLPA agreed to the league’s modified rule on blindside hits to the head. While there will be no on-ice penalty for the actions shown in a league-distributed video, there can be suspensions and fines levied for such predatory hits.
Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has been an advocate of stiffer punishments for head shots ever since he was hit by behind and concussed in October 2007.
“I don’t think it’s going to stop the physicality of the game. It’s going to still be a physical game; there’s still going to be some good hits,” he said after the skate. “Just those kinds of hits, right to the head, that are careless, there’s no need for, there’s a rule in place now and I hope everyone’s going to be thinking about it.”
•Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice after the skating, indicating he will start against the Lightning.