BOSTON — As if there was any doubt beforehand, Bruins head coach Claude Julien left little doubt in regard to Patrice Bergeron’s availability for tonight’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with Washington at TD Garden.
“I think so,” said Julien after his team’s morning skate when asked about Bergeron playing.
Bergeron has been battling through an apparent upper-body injury that’s kept him taking faceoffs after he finished second in the league in faceoff percentage during the regular season.
Judging by line drills, Julien will decide between Shawn Thornton and Jordan Caron as his 12th forward at game time. Caron got in the lineup Sunday for Game 6 after Thornton played the first five games of the series. For more on Caron, here’s my NHL.com story.
On defense, it’s likely Mike Mottau again will skate on the third pair with Greg Zanon instead of Joe Corvo, who was injured in Game 5 but has practiced and warmed up regularly since then.
The Capitals will also make some game-time lineup decisions, but it appeared by the looks of their morning skate that head coach Dale Hunter will re-insert Jeff Schultz instead of John Erskine on the back end.