The Bruins are sticking with their wholesale line changes after pregame warm-ups: Brad Marchand skating with the fourth line and Tyler Seguin skating with the third line. Theres also a little greater sprinkling of veteran poise on the top two lines with Daniel Paille and Brian Rolston on the top two forward lines.
Not a coincidence as it was Paille and Rolston that went to the front of the net and risked life and limb to get rebounds and loose pucks around the cage in Game 3 to help spur Bostons offense to four goals.
You never stop thinking. For me to go home and say thats peace of mind in the new lines would be wrong. You have to be prepared for all kinds of scenarios, said Claude Julien. Theres no doubt that shaking lineups is what sometimes gets players attention At the same time it doesnt mean you stick with it. It doesnt mean you dont stick with it. A lot of the play of the individuals and the lines will dictate that.
The Bs coach also said he considered putting Jordan Caron into the lineup, and might have if it was only one player thats struggling. But everybody knows that its much more than that.
Claude Julien said he wrestled with the line changes even as he went to bed on Friday night, and could be in store for more changes on Saturday if he doesnt like what he sees: