Boychuk 'game-time decision' vs. Avs

Boychuk 'game-time decision' vs. Avs
March 21, 2014, 4:30 pm
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DENVER – Johnny Boychuk will take part in the Bruins pregame warm-up for the first time since injuring his right ankle in a feet-first collision with the boards vs. Carolina last weekend.

Claude Julien said it would be a “game time decision” for the B’s defenseman, and it’s clear Boychuk will be back in against either Colorado, or Phoenix in tomorrow’s road trip finale. Boychuk was paired with Corey Potter during the Friday morning skate at the Pepsi Center and was doing extra work after the skate that usually denotes a scratch for the actual game.

Boychuk led the stretch following the Boston morning skate, and will be playing in his third game against the Avs in Denver after Colorado traded him to the Bruins way back in June, 2008. Boychuk has missed the last two games against the Wild and the Devils with the injury, and Claude Julien cautioned that he wouldn’t put his veteran defenseman back in until he was “100 percent.”

“He’ll be in the warm-up tonight, so we’ll have defensemen in there,” said Julien. “He’s looking better. I just have to take the time to make the decision whether it’s worth throwing him in now, or waiting until tomorrow.”

The more conservative approach would be to save Boychuk the stress of playing back-to-back games in his return to the lineup, and give him one day of rest prior to Saturday night’s tilt against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Chad Johnson was the first goaltender off the ice at the Pepsi Center, and is expected to get the start against Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov.

Here is the expected lineup of line combos and D-pairings based on the morning skate:

 
Lucic-Krejci-Iginla

Marchand-Bergeron-Smith

Kelly-Soderberg-Eriksson

Paille-Campbell-Thornton


Chara-Hamilton

Bartkowski-Meszaros

Krug-Miller


Johnson