BOSTON — After six games as a scratch, Joe Corvo will get a chance to return to the Bruins’ lineup tonight against the Washington Capitals at the TD Garden, head coach Claude Julien confirmed after his team’s morning skate.
Corvo will replace Dennis Seidenberg, who’s going to miss his first game of the season due to an infected cut he suffered against Los Angeles last Saturday.
The Bruins are 5-1-0 since Corvo went out of the lineup, first due to a cortisone shot in his right hand and then as a healthy scratch once the hand felt better. This season, Corvo is a plus-7 with 4-21-25 totals. Julien wanted to make sure this morning that no one was blaming Corvo for the Bruins’ struggles prior to their recent stretch of improved play.
“Joe was pulled out when our team wasn’t going well. So I’m going to say it was easy to pick on him,” said Julien. “But Joe does a lot of good things offensively, and he makes good plays, he skates well. That’s something that our team’s always needed. And Joe knows that when we work with him, it’s more about working in the corners battling and not getting beat back to the front of the net and those kind of things in tight around our net area. But the other part of his game has been good. He’s as mobile as any defenseman we have here, and probably one of the best. And he skates the puck up the ice well, also.
“He’s got a lot of good assets to his game, and the fact that he was pulled out when we weren’t going well, I know a lot of people have assumed that he was the one that was a weak link. And he wasn’t. And hopefully he gets a chance to show that tonight.”
•Julien sounded like he was going to go with the same 12 forwards he’s used since Rich Peverley returned from injury. That would make Daniel Paille a healthy scratch for the third straight game.
•While the Capitals, who are two points out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference, will not have Nicklas Backstrom or Joel Ward back from injury tonight, goaltender Tomas Vokoun is expected to return after missing six games with a lower-body injury. Vokoun stopped 30 of 33 shots in a win at the Garden March 10.