Boychuk out vs. Leafs, Peverley back in lineup

Boychuk out vs. Leafs, Peverley back in lineup
March 23, 2013, 1:15 pm
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TORONTO – It appears the Bruins will be without another key body as Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk has gone down with an apparent right leg injury after getting nailed with a Tyler Seguin shot at practice on Friday. Claude Julien said following Saturday’s morning skate at Air Canada Centre that the hard-hitting Boychuk is “day-to-day”, and will be out for Saturday night’s game against the Maple Leafs.

Twenty four year-old Matt Bartkowski was brought up to play in Boychuk’s place among the defensemen corps, and reports out of Providence are that he’s turned a corner with his decision-making and even-keeled approach to the game.

Bartkowski has 24 points (3 goals, 21 assists) in 56 games for the P-Bruins this season, and could also enhance his trade value if he plays well with the Black and Gold during this current stint.

Some things to still be hashed out at game time as Tuukka Rask was the first off the ice, but with Anton Khudobin shortly afterward. Also Claude Julien confirmed that Peverley is back into the lineup, but didn’t say whether it would be Jay Pandolfo, Jordan Caron or Ryan Spooner that will be scratched.

Here are the expected line combinations and defenseman pairings after morning skate:
 
Lucic-Krejci-Horton
Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin
Caron-Spooner-Peverley
Paille-Campbell-Thornton
 
Chara-Ference
Seidenberg-Hamilton
Johnson-Bartkowski