Johnson gets start in net for Bruins vs. Oilers

Johnson gets start in net for Bruins vs. Oilers
February 1, 2014, 1:00 pm
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BOSTON – The Bruins continue to take an interesting path with the goaltending situation as Chad Johnson led the Black and Gold out for pregame warm-ups as the starting goalie vs. the Edmonton Oilers. It’s the fourth start in the last eight games for Johnson, who has responded very well to the extra playing time in his best extended stint with the Black and Gold.

It was slightly eyebrow-raising Claude Julien didn’t go right back with Tuukka Rask after pulling him from Thursday night’s loss to the Montreal Canadiens, but it’s possible the B’s coaching staff had mapped out this playing time plan for the goalie tandem a week or two in advance.

Johnson is also 4-0-0 with a 1.75 goals against average and .927 save percentage in home games at TD Garden this season, and is sporting a .929 save percentage during five appearances in January. On the opposite side, Ben Scrivens is starting between the pipes with Andrew Ference returning to the lineup after missing the last three games with a concussion. He was paired with newly acquired defenseman Mark Fraser during pregame warm-ups for the Oil. Here are the forward combos and D-pairings based on the pregame skate:

Lucic-Krejci-Iginla

Marchand-Bergeron-Smith

Soderberg-Kelly-Eriksson

Paille-Campbell-Thornton

 
Chara-Boychuk

Bartkowski-Miller

Krug-Hamilton
 

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