BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Bruins are a little unsure of their lineup for Monday night’s game against the Montreal Candiens.
“There’s a lot of things we have to sort out and our lineup is probably one that is probably the most uncertain so far this year,” head coach Claude Julien said after Monday’s morning skate.
Gregory Campbell, Milan Lucic and Rich Peverley are all question marks at the moment as the Bruins get set to host their biggest rival at the TD Garden.
Campbell fractured his foot last Saturday and had to miss all three games last week. He skated in the team’s optional skate Monday morning, with Julien saying Campbell will be a game-time decision.
“If a guy’s ready to go there’s no reason to hold him back and if – I always say the same thing – if our medical staff says he’s clear and very unlikely that anything would happen, no reason to hold him back,” Julien said of Campbell. “If it’s the other way around I have no issues holding him back.”
While he would like to get Campbell back in the lineup, Julien wouldn’t mind giving Peverley the night off. Despite recording three assists in Saturday’s 6-0 blowout of the Flyers, Peverley is dealing with an unknown ailment that will improve with some rest.
“I guess there’s a reason there to think about that and that’s something we’re going to look at because his ailment is something he can play through, but if we give him another chance also like we did yesterday to skate and then give him some time off it’ll minimize that for sure,” said Julien, noting the Bruins have just two games over the next nine days. “So either way we’re playing him because he can but at the same time there’s time where we’ll give some time off because it’ll help him.”
Then there is Lucic, who is awaiting word from the NHL about a possible suspension for a hit-from-behind on Philadelphia’s Zac Rinaldo. Lucic had his hearing Monday morning with Brendan Shanahan, and be missing for the next game or two.
For Montreal, forward P.K. Subban is a game-time decision with the flu.
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