– Most games, Boston Bruins forward Jordan Caron
can be found skating with Benoit Pouliot
and Chris Kelly
. But if he’s not with his usual mates, there’s no guarantee where he will be.
Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien has shuffled his lines often this season – more frequently now then he did earlier in the campaign – and Caron has been spotted alongside veteran players like Brian Rolston
, David Krejci
, Patrice Bergeron
and Brad Marchand
But for Caron, it doesn’t make much difference.
“I think it’s easy to adjust – they’re all good players,” Caron said. “They’re smart [and] they’re skilled, so I don’t think it makes a big difference playing with one line or the other.”
Despite the rookie’s ability to fit in multiple combinations, his most recent success has come with his regular partners Kelly and Pouliot – a result that’s easily attributed to the fact they play together most.
In his last three outings with that line, Caron has six points (three goals and three assists) for a career-high three-game point streak.
“I think it’s all clicking right now – just getting those chances,” Caron said. “I think we were doing a good job on the forecheck and getting a lot of ice time – it keeps you in your game, gets your legs going an gives you more confidence. I think all those things put together is what’s making me good right now.”
As a result of Caron’s recent success, Julien promoted his 21-year old forward to Bergeron’s line, and Caron took the ice opposite Marchand in the third period of last night’s game against the Buffalo Sabres.
“I just wanted a little bit more from the lines and Caron, being what he is lately, I moved him up there to see if he could give a little bit more of an offensive edge to that line,” Julien said.
When the Bruins face off against the Washington Capitals tomorrow, it will be important that the Black & Gold continue to bring the consistent team effort and secondary support that’s helped them put together a two-game win streak.
“Other guys are contributing other than the same culprits it seemed to be for a while there – it balances things out,” Chris Kelly
said. “Those line changes always happen throughout the course of the year – they happen in games and it’s nice seeing guys not miss a beat and go out there and play with whoever.”--- Anthony Gulizia