Lucic suspension clears up some of Bruins’ lineup questions

Lucic/By S. Bradley

BOSTON — Bruins head coach Claude Julien said this morning at TD Garden that tonight’s lineup against Montreal would be the most uncertain this year.

Well, things got a little more certain this afternoon without Julien doing anything.

The NHL announced a one-game suspension for Boston forward Milan Lucic, who hit Philadelphia forward Zac Rinaldo from behind in the second period Saturday. Lucic was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the hit. Now he’ll miss the Bruins’ date with the Canadiens.

Here’s NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan’s explanation:

There are still questions to be answered before the Bruins and Habs face off. Gregory Campbell says he’s ready to return to action, even with a fracture in his foot still bothering him. Rich Peverley didn’t practice yesterday and could use some more rest. Jordan Caron was recalled from Providence (AHL). We’ll have more answers closer to game time.

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