BOSTON – With first place in the Northeast Division on the line for the Boston Bruins when they play the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night at TD Garden, Bruins coach Claude Julien probably will return his first line to its usual form after separating Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton for two periods Monday in a win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Lucic, Krejci and Horton skated together during the morning skate at TD Garden. Lucic snapped a 15-game goal drought against the Maple Leafs.
Johnny Boychuk skated with the team, but Julien said the defenseman’s status was uncertain. Boychuk was injured during practice last Friday and he has missed two games.
The Canadiens, who lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night, did not hold a full skate.
Here are the projected lineups for the Bruins and Canadiens:
Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Nathan Horton
Daniel Paille – Patrice Bergeron – Tyler Seguin
Brad Marchand – Rich Peverley – Jordan Caron
Jay Pandolfo – Gregory Campbell – Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara – Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski – Dennis Seidenberg
Aaron Johnson – Andrew Ference
Scratched: Lane MacDermid
Injured: Johnny Boychuk, Chris Kelly
Michael Ryder – Tomas Plekanec – Brian Gionta
Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais – Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk – Lars Eller – Colby Armstrong
Travis Moen – Jeff Halpern – Gabriel Dumont
Josh Gorges – P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov – Alexei Emelin
Jarred Tinordi – Francis Bouillon
Scratched: Mike Blunden, Tomas Kaberle
Injured: Ryan White