Although Bruins coach Claude Julien
said Thursday morning he would dress 22 skaters for his team’s pregame warmup and then make his lineup decisions, all signs have pointed toward the return of Johnny Boychuk
to Boston’s lineup against Washington for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at TD Garden.
Boychuk skated on a pair with Andrew Ference
during the morning skate, after he practiced three consecutive days in preparation for the playoffs. The veteran blueliner has been out since he sprained his knee in a game April 3.
While Boychuk should be back, Adam McQuaid
remains out with an upper-body injury. That leaves Greg Zanon
and Joe Corvo
as Boston’s third pair. Julien is certain the Bruins can overcome McQuaid’s absence.
“I feel very confident. Everyone that we have here is very capable of playing ... they’ve all done a great job, so if anything I feel extremely confident," Julien said. "I think [general manager] Peter [Chiarelli] did a great job of solidifying that position for us, because it’s position that we needed to solidify and the two guys he brought on in – you look at Zanon and [Mike] Mottau have both played extremely well for us in the games that they’ve played.”
Julien will also have a decision to make up front because the Bruins have 13 healthy forwards. Based on practices, that choice seems to be between Daniel Paille
and Jordan Caron
stayed on the ice after his teammates vacated the area, so it appears he won’t be ready to back up Tim Thomas
. Anton Khudobin
will dress as the backup.
Here’s the Bruins’ projected lineup:
- David Krejci
- Rich Peverley
- Patrice Bergeron
- Tyler Seguin
- Chris Kelly
- Brian Rolston
- Gregory Campbell
- Shawn Thornton
- Dennis Seidenberg
- Johnny Boychuk
- Joe Corvo