Julien: We may see lineup changes

Julien: We may see lineup changes
March 7, 2013, 12:45 pm
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(USA Today Sports)

BOSTON -- Expect some different looks for the Boston Bruins after they dropped back-to-back games with a lead heading into the third period. Claude Julien admitted as much after Thursday’s morning skate, and it appeared that way on the ice as the Black and Gold went through their morning walk-through.

“We tell our players that the little details [are] the big difference between a win and a loss. Our league has a little skill, but when you’re doing the little things right you’re able to prevent those kind of collapses,” said Claude Julien. “We also had five odd-numbered situations with a few of them in the third [period]."

“We had a couple 3-on-1’s and some 2-on-1’s and we weren’t able to capitalize on it because we weren’t doing the right things. We need to turn the ship around before we get too far [with this]. We may see different lineup changes.”

Jay Pandolfo was skating on the left wing while alternating line rushes with Chris Bourque alongside the embattled Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley, and there’s a high probability the 38-year-old Burlington native will be given a shot on the third line as Bourque was placed on waivers Thursday. 

The defensemen pairings looked to be the same for the Bruins, but there could be changes there as well as the defense in front of the Boston net hasn’t been quite as staunch in their last two games against the Canadiens and the Capitals. Julien switched up his defensive pairs to put the solid Johnny Boychuk alongside an inconsistent Andrew Ference while elevating Adam McQuaid with Zdeno Chara. It remains to be seen if Julien sticks with those pairings from Washington, but those moves appeared to work while the Dennis Seidenberg/Dougie Hamilton pairing had a rough third period.

Anton Khudobin was the first goaltender off the ice for the Bruins and appears primed for his fifth start of the season against the Leafs while looking to improve on a 3-1 record, .906 save percentage and 2.52 goals against average.

Here are the expected combos and pairings:
 
Lucic-Krejci-Horton
Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin
Pandolfo-Kelly-Peverley
Paille-Campbell-Thornton
 
Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Hamilton
Ference-McQuaid
 
Khudobin