Thomas/By S. Bradley

Last night was Tim Thomas’ second appearance of the preseason.

While he looked a little better than in his previous start, he let up two third-period goals in a 2-1 loss to Ottawa at TD Garden.

Here’s the story I did for about Thomas preparing to be the opening-night starter next Thursday against Philadelphia at TD Garden. While head coach Claude Julien wasn’t ready to declare Thomas the starter, it’s highly unlikely Thomas won’t be in net the night the Bruins raise the banner.

As I mention in the piece, Julien is being careful to not let any of his veterans get comfortable as the start of the Bruins’ title defense approaches. This is also a smart way to keep Tuukka Rask sharp. If the Finn thinks he has a chance to steal more playing time early on, especially with Julien’s earlier pronouncements about giving Rask a heavier workload this year, he’ll definitely keep working harder.