The Washington Times - April 11, 2012, 11:14AM

As of Sunday, Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli was not optimistic about Nathan Horton returning anytime soon after suffering a concussion Jan. 22.

“He’s quite far off right now. I know he’s skating,” Chiarelli said. “He’s had little bouts here and there of post-concussion symptoms. … I’m not going to rule him out yet, but I think it’s a long shot.”

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Wednesday, the Bruins did rule Horton out, announcing he would miss the entire playoffs.

Horton had 17 goals and 15 assists in a career-low 46 games this season for the Bruins.

Here are the Bruins’ lines that are expected to start the series, courtesy of the Boston Globe:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Brian Rolston
Daniel Paille/Jordan Caron-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Greg Zanon-Joe Corvo
Mike Mottau

Tim Thomas
Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask