WASHINGTON, DC – The Bruins had some dysfunctional lines in Sunday night’s loss to the Montreal Canadiens, but there weren’t any signs that changes were coming during Tuesday’s morning skate at the Verizon Center.
Chris Bourque was one of the last players off the practice ice, normally denoting a healthy scratch, but the former Washington Capitals product did get some power play time with the top two units. So, it remains something of a game-time decision about who will start there after the B’s third line didn’t look so good against Montreal with the Kelly-Peverley-Paille combination.
“It’s tough. Right now that’s what we’re battling with as far as needing some production throughout our lineup. Our first two lines for the most part have been good,” said Claude Julien. “We need to find that chemistry on the third and fourth [lines] where we need more punch. We’ve got players working really hard to find their game.”
Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice and it appears he’ll get the starting nod against the Washington Capitals after he had a 7-0-1 streak snapped with the Sunday night loss to the Habs.
Here are the line combinations and defensemen pairings based on what we saw at Tuesday’s morning skate: