WILMINGTON, Mass. — Bruins coach Claude Julien decided he had seen enough of his 5-on-5 lines and power-play units by the time the third period of last night’s loss to Minnesota rolled around.
So it was no surprise to see the team’s forwards and man-advantage units realigned again this morning after some major shuffling in the last stanza failed to spark a comeback against the Wild.
While Tyler Seguin stayed between Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi, and Gregory Campbell still centered Brad Marchand and Shawn Thornton at practice today at Ristuccia Arena, Michael Ryder and Nathan Horton flipped lines so that Blake Wheeler and David Krejci had Horton on their right side and Marc Savard and Milan Lucic skated with Ryder. You can expect these lines to stay together when Boston visits Montreal Saturday night.
The team went through some neutral-zone and break-in drills for 30 minutes before Horton departed with what Julien called “discomfort.” At that point, the first five power-play performers — Steve Kampfer, Bergeron, Ryder, Savard and Lucic — worked on some set-ups while the rest of the team practiced shootouts. Then those five power-play players joined the shootout and the group of Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Wheeler, Recchi and Krejci worked on moving the puck while on a man-advantage.