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Bruins search for consistency, projected lineup

Saturday, 10.22.2011 / 12:13 PM

By Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

BOSTON -- The Bruins held an optional skate this morning in preparation for their game tonight with San Jose at TD Garden.
   
Considering their new line combinations produced six goals Thursday night in a win against Toronto, expect the Bruins to stick with what is working. The Bruins will also look for another strong start.

"Consistency is what we're looking for right now. We talked about that yesterday in practice and how we've got to kind of come in every day and try to focus on the right things and tonight's a good test for us," said head coach Claude Julien. "This is a team that plays well in this building, they have in the past, they've always given us good games and this is going to be a good challenge for us. So if we plan on building some consistency in our play, I think tonight's a good night to show that."
   
Adam McQuaid, who has been out with a neck injury for a week, skated but stayed on the ice longer than the rest of his teammates. Julien said he is still waiting for the doctors to tell him McQuaid is an option to play. McQuaid said he's feeling better.

Here's the Bruins' projected lineup:

Milan Lucic - Chris Kelly - Tyler Seguin
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Nathan Horton
Benoit Pouliot - David Krejci - Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference - Steven Kampfer

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round