Tuukka Rask off first for Bruins, Andrew Ference to play vs. Sabres » Andrew Ference, Steven Pinizzotto

Andrew Ference will make his return to the Bruins' lineup Thursday night. (AP)

Andrew Ference will make his return to the Bruins’ lineup Thursday night. (AP)

Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference (21) battles Washington Capitals right wing Steven Pinizzotto for the puck during the first period of a preseason hockey game in Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)