Pandolfo not expecting to play at N.Y.

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Forward Jay Pandolfo, on an extended tryout with the Bruins, is still without a contract and doesn't expect he'll be on the ice for Wednesday's game at the New York Rangers.

There was speculation Tuesday that Pandolfo may play at New York since he skated in place of Brad Marchand with Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin during practice as Marchand had a maintenance day. But Pandolfo said he’s “99 percent sure” he wouldn’t be in the lineup or signing a contract just yet.

* Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was buzzing at practice over making his boxing debut Saturday -- sort of. Thornton will serve as the spit box holder in the corner of local light welterweight boxer Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor when he fights at TD Garden on Saturday night. But Thornton said he doesn’t envision a boxing career for himself and wouldn’t have fought if the lockout canceled the season. “Fighting isn’t my thing. Well, it’s my job but I don’t do it for fun,” Thornton said. “Sparring is one thing but a real boxing fight, I don’t think so.”

* Looking ahead, the Bruins will play the Islanders on Friday at TD Garden, then are off until Monday at Carolina. But that will be the first of a back-to-back as they host New Jersey on Tuesday.