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Bruins cut roster; Thomas to play tonight

BOSTON -- The Bruins announced Wednesday morning that they have assigned forwards Joe Colborne and Zach Hamill as well as defenseman Steve Kampfer to Providence (AHL), which cuts their roster down to 25 healthy players, most likely the number the team will carry when they depart for Belfast after their final NHL exhibition game with the Washington Capitals Wednesday night.

The demotion of Colborne and Hamill means that Tyler Seguin and Blake Wheeler are likely to split time as the third-line center with the hope that one of the two seizes the job in Prague when the Bruins begin their season Oct. 9 and 10 against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Tim Thomas confirmed to ESPNBoston.com that he will make his first start of the preseason tonight against the Capitals. This will be Thomas' first game action since the regular-season finale at Washington last April.

Here's the roster and possible lines for tonight's game:

Forwards

Milan Lucic--David Krejci--Nathan Horton

Mark Recchi--Patrice Bergeron--Jordan Caron

Blake Wheeler--Tyler Seguin--Michael Ryder

Daniel Paille--Gregory Campbell--Brian McGrattan

Defense

Zdeno Chara--Johnny Boychuk

Matt Bartkowski--Dennis Seidenberg

Andrew Ference--Matt Hunwick

Goalies

Tim Thomas, Nathan Schaefer

The healthy scratches are Shawn Thornton, Brad Marchand, Mark Stuart, Tuukka Rask and Adam McQuaid.