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Bruins lineup 'uncertain' for game against Canadiens

Monday, 12.19.2011 / 12:48 PM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Bruins lineup 'uncertain' for game against Canadiens
BOSTON -- There are plenty of questions about tonight's lineup for the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens before tonight's game at the TD Garden.

"Our lineup is one that's probably the most uncertain so far this year," Bruins coach Claude Julien said after his team's optional morning skate.

Gregory Campbell, who has missed the last three games with a fracture in his foot, practiced Sunday and this morning. He could return to the lineup. Meanwhile, the Bruins are awaiting word on Milan Lucic's status after the forward had a phone hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan about his hit on Zac Rinaldo in Philadelphia on Saturday.

Rich Peverley only took one shift in the third period Saturday and didn't practice Sunday. The Bruins could opt to rest the veteran forward as well.

The Canadiens held a full skate, including forward Travis Moen but minus P.K. Subban. Moen should be back in the lineup tonight after missing two games with a lower-body injury, while Subban's availability is in doubt.

"We're evaluating him. He's a little under the weather there, so we'll let him get his rest and make a game-time decision tonight," coach Randy Cunneyworth said about Subban.

Carey Price was the first goaltender off after the skate for Montreal, so he should start in net. An educated guess would be that Tim Thomas will start for Boston because Tuukka Rask skated while Thomas took the option to not go on the ice.

Here's a look at the projected lines and D pairs for both teams:

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

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference - Adam McQuaid


Andrei Kostitsyn - Lars Eller - Louis Leblanc
Travis Moen - Tomas Plekanec - Michael Cammalleri
Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Erik Cole
Mathieu Darche - Petteri Nokelainen - Mike Blunden

P.K. Subban - Josh Gorges
Hal Gill - Chris Campoli
Tomas Kaberle - Alexei Emelin


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