WILMINGTON, Mass. — The Bruins returned from their Sunday off to practice today at Ristuccia Arena.
Every healthy body was on the ice, including Blake Wheeler and Mark Recchi, who Saturday night switched lines during the game.
Wheeler, who was playing on Patrice Bergeron’s right side, moved to Tyler Seguin’s left opposite Michael Ryder. Recchi, meanwhile, moved to the right side of Bergeron opposite Jordan Caron. Those new line combinations remained for today’s practice.
“I wouldn’t say it was about not being happy with what I saw, it was more I really thought that if I made that change, it might give both lines a little bit of a boost or a little bit of a change,” said Julien after practice. “It might give it a little bit of a spark. I don’t think it was aimed at any individual more than it was just giving both of those lines a little bit of a spark, which I thought could help our team be better.”
It says here that the line switches might’ve provided a spark, but they also gave Julien a full-proof defensively responsible line (Caron-Bergeron-Recchi) to work with, and a second line that could be more focused on offense. That might be just what Wheeler needs to get his game going since he’s still searching for his first goal.