BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Bruins were back on the practice ice on Friday, and Rich Peverley was back to a familiar spot.
Peverley, who was a healthy scratch in Boston’s 4-1, Game 1 victory over the Maple Leafs on Wednesday, lined up on the Bruins’ third line at the Bruins practice facilities in Wilmington on Friday, alongside Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jarg. With that, Kaspars Daugavins was in a green practice sweater along with Boston’s other extra forwards, Carl Soderberg and Jay Pandolfo.
Head coach Claude Julien said no decision has been made about the lines for Saturday.
“I don’t think we intended on sitting him out the whole time,” Julien said of Peverley. “I think we started off with a lineup that we thought was deserving of starting last game. We have an opportunity here moving forward to decide what we want to do. If you’re asking whether he’s in or out, that’s another thing that I’ll decide tomorrow. Even though I put him on that line, I think I have a decision to make, it doesn’t have to be made today.”
Boston’s other lines remained the same, with Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton centered by David Krejci, and Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand centered by Patrice Bergeron.
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Also back on the ice for Boston was rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who sat out Game 1 on Wednesday. With Andrew Ference set to serve his one-game suspension for an illegal hit on Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski in Game 2, B’s head coach Claude Julien needed to switch up his defensive pairings in preparation.
Hamilton joined veteran Wade Redden on the Bruins’ third defensive pairing, with Zdeno Chara with Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg alongside Johnny Boychuk. While it’s never good to see the feared “Chardenberg” pairing broken up, splitting Chara and Seidenberg does give Boston more balanced defensive pairings for Saturday night.
While Julien repeated that no final decision has been made on his lines, he also noted that though Hamilton is a rookie, he got plenty of experience in this lockout-shortened regular season.
“He might be a young player for the playoffs, but to me, at this stage, the amount of games that he’s played, he’s a veteran. We don’t look at guys, necessarily as rookies, we look at them as young players, but he’s a young player that’s going to be playing his first game, if not tomorrow, soon. I think that’s the thing with him, he’s played enough hockey to understand what’s at stake here. We have no issues, whether it’s him, whether it’s [Aaron] Johnson, even [Matt] Bartkowski that’s in Providence, we have those choices.”
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