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Bruins' Soderberg could make season debut

Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 1:55 PM

By Lonnie Herman - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Bruins' Soderberg could make season debut

TAMPA -- Carl Soderberg may make his season debut Saturday for the Boston Bruins when his team plays at the Tampa Bay Lightning. But then again, he may not.

Soderberg, recovering from an ankle injury, skated with the team Saturday morning but afterward was unsure if he would be in the lineup or not.

"I have no idea," he said.

His coach wasn't offering any answers either.

"I haven't told anybody yet if Soderberg is in the lineup," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "That's why the players don't know. I haven't made that decision yet."

Julien said he won't make that decision until shortly before the puck drops.

"It's a difficult decision as to who to take out," he said. "It's pretty obvious that it is not an easy decision but you better make those decisions come game time, right?"

The Lightning will be seeking their sixth win in their past seven games after defeating the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Thursday behind Steven Stamkos' 30th career game-winning goal and some sharp goaltending by Ben Bishop.

Tampa Bay will have the chance to avenge one of their two losses this season, a 3-1 loss to the Bruins in their season-opener, a game that saw the Lightning allow the Bruins to score two shorthanded goals and another on a penalty shot.

"That first game set the tone for our season so far, even though we lost," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "We gave up a penalty shot and our special teams kind of came unglued a little bit, which I feel like we've progressed, but I felt like we weren't far off. I just had the feeling that we had a big-time test, and although we didn't get the two points we came for, I learned a little bit about our team and it has carried on so far and it's probably why we are winning."

Julien said he is aware of the success the Lightning have had since the teams met Oct 3 in Boston.

"Their whole game seems to have picked up," he said. "When you're winning there is more of a positive energy around your dressing room and I think that feeling is there for the Lightning now and just watching them play, they seem to be playing with a lot of confidence. I think that's where the big difference is."

Bishop has been off to a great start, winning all five of the games he has started with a 1.57 goals-against average. But the St. Louis native had another team on his mind today; his hometown St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday to advance to the World Series for the fourth time since 2004.

"It's huge," Bishop, a big Cardinals fan, said. "I'm really excited. You do get kind of get spoiled."

Here are the lineups each team likely will use Saturday:

BRUINS

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Jarome Iginla

Reilly Smith - Patrice Bergeron - Loui Eriksson

Brad Marchand - Chris Kelly - Carl Soderberg

Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk

Matt Bartkowski - Dennis Seidenberg

Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Dougie Hamilton, Jordan Caron

LIGHTNING

Ryan Malone - Steven Stamkos - Martin St. Louis

Richard Panik - Valtteri Filppula - Alex Killorn

Ondrej Palat - Tyler Johnson - Teddy Purcell

B.J. Crombeen - Nate Thompson - Pierre-Cedric Labrie

Matthew Carle - Radko Gudas

Victor Hedman - Sami Salo

Eric Brewer - Andrej Sustr

Ben Bishop

Anders Lindback

Scratched: Keith Aulie, Mark Barberio, Brett Connolly

Injured: Tom Pyatt (collarbone)

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