WASHINGTON -- The Boston Bruins will stick with the same lineup that helped them win Game 3 when they take the ice at Verizon Center on Thursday for Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Washington Capitals (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC).
On the Capitals' side, the suspension to Nicklas Backstrom means Mike Knuble gets a sweater for the first time in the series and coach Dale Hunter shuffled his lines around. Expect to see a lot of the Matt Hendricks - Jay Beagle - Troy Brouwer line against Boston's top forwards.
John Erskine is expected to also make his series debut in place of Jeff Schultz. Dennis Wideman and Schultz have been on the ice for all four of Boston's goals at five-on-five in the series. Erskine hasn't played since Feb. 12 and only once since Jan. 31. Hunter said Michal Neuvirth, out with an injury, is not ready to back up Braden Holtby.
Here's how the lineups project:
Milan Lucic - Patrice Bergeron - Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand - David Krejci - Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot - Chris Kelly - Brian Rolston
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara - Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference - Johnny Boychuk
Greg Zanon - Joe Corvo
Alex Ovechkin - Brooks Laich - Marcus Johansson
Jason Chimera - Mathieu Perreault - Alexander Semin
Matt Hendricks - Jay Beagle - Troy Brouwer
Mike Knuble - Keith Aucoin - Joel Ward
Karl Alzner - John Carlson
Roman Hamrlik - Mike Green
John Erskine - Dennis Wideman