Savard returns tonight for B's; Sturm, Begin out

As expected, Boston Bruins center Marc Savard will return to the lineup tonight against the Buffalo Sabres, the Boston Globe reported Friday afternoon.

Savard, who has nine goals and 13 assists in 28 games this season, has not played since Jan. 7 with a slight MCL sprain in his knee. The free-falling Bruins, losers of their last five, hope he can give their offense a jumpstart.

While Savard will be in the ice, two other Bruins who are making their way back from injury -- Marco Sturm (leg injury) and Steve Begin (undisclosed injury) -- will not suit up for the Black and Gold in Buffalo, the Globe reported.

Multiple reports indicated Tuukka Rask was the first goalie off the ice at the Bruins' workout Friday morning, so he'll likely get the start in net for Boston, which is coming off a four-day layoff and sits 11th in the Eastern Conference standings (though is only one point out of a tie for the seventh spot).