BOSTON -- Line combinations from practice Tuesday and the Boston Bruins' morning skate Wednesday indicated that Kaspars Daugavins will skate on a line with Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr, making Rich Peverley a healthy scratch when the Bruins open the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday at TD Garden (7 p.m. ET, CNBC, CBC, RDS).
The return to health of forwards Nathan Horton (upper body) and Jagr (flu) has forced Bruins coach Claude Julien to make some difficult lineup decisions. While it's not surprising that late-season Swedish import Carl Soderberg probably will sit out, Julien's decision to sit Peverley, a veteran of the 2011 Cup championship team who skated in all but one regular-season game in 2012-13, is a bit of a shock.
The Bruins will need Kelly's line to produce if they hope to field a balanced, three-line offensive attack against a high-scoring Maple Leafs squad.
"I don't think it matters who it is. Three guys just got to go out there and work hard and talk," Kelly said of his newly formed line. "Communication is really important. And execute. We're all good hockey players and we all know how to play the game. It's just a matter of executing plays when you get the puck."
Julien said Horton, who missed the last five games of the regular season, will be a game-time decision.
Here is the Bruins' projected lineup for Game 1:
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin
Kaspars Daugavins - Chris Kelly - Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara - Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference - Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden - Adam McQuaid
Scratched: Rich Peverley, Jay Pandolfo, Carl Soderberg, Aaron Johnson, Dougie Hamilton