Both Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand will return to the Bruins lineup Wednesday when the Bruins face the Sabres at TD Garden.
Defenseman Wade Redden, obtained at the trade deadline from St. Louis, also will play in his first game with Boston.
Bergeron was sidelined two weeks ago with his fourth career concussion when hit by Ottawa’s Colin Greening in what appeared to be a routine, fairly harmless goal-mouth collision.
Marchand suffered his first career concussion last Wednesday when elbowed in the head by New Jersey defenseman Anton Volchenkov. He only began skating on Sunday.
Redden, relegated to the AHL by the Rangers the last couple of years, began the season in St. Louis after being bought out by the Blueshirts. The Bruins desperately need some help moving the puck out of their own zone and Redden was once one of the game’s best puck-moving defensemen.
Wednesday’s crowd, expected to be a sellout 17,565, will be the first major gathering in the Hub since Monday’s bombing at the Marathon finish line, a couple of miles across town from TD Garden. Extra security is already in place in the Garden area and North Station, including many Homeland Security vehicles outside the adjacent Federal building.
All vehicles entering the North Station garage this morning were checked by security staff, with drivers asked to step out of their cars. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli politely obliged security staff, stepping out of his Honda pickup just before 10 a.m. for an inspection that lasted less than two minutes.
The Bruins had top Swedish prospect Carl Soderberg skating with them for the first time Wednesday morning. He has been appointed a No. 34 sweater.
Andrew Ference was expected to get the night off on Monday. Dougie Hamilton, given the last two games to rest, moved into Ference’s blue-line spot for the Monday morning skate. It’s possible that Ference gets a breather Wednesday.
Brad Marchand, concussed last Wednesday night in Newark, skated for a third day in a row on Tuesday. He is inching back toward action, but won’t play until the weekend at the earliest. The Penguins are here Friday, followed by the Panthers on Sunday.