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Boychuk (flu) out, Ference in tonight

BOSTON -- Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk (flu) was not on the ice for pre-game warm-ups tonight at TD Garden, which means Andrew Ference will return to the lineup after missing the last two games with a lower-body injury.

Also returning to the lineup will be Daniel Paille, who will be sporting a face cage to protect the broken nose that kept him out for the last three games. Jordan Caron will be the healthy scratch up front. Tuukka Rask will start in net.

Here's the expected lineup for tonight's tilt with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin

Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley

Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Adam McQuaid

Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo

Andrew Ference-Steven Kampfer

Tuukka Rask

Tim Thomas