Thornton/By S. Bradley

For those with tickets to tonight’s glorified exhibition game at TD Garden, you should at least get to offer a hero’s welcome back to the lineup for winger Shawn Thornton.

Bruins head coach Claude Julien said that Thornton will “probably” play tonight against the New York Islanders for the first time since suffering a 40-something-stitch cut above his right eye against Chicago March 29. Thornton has missed three games since then.

The decision on a healthy scratch up front, as well as two on defense, will be made at game time, according to Julien. Tim Thomas was the first goaltender off the ice after the optional morning skate, so he’ll probably get the start.