Lucic skating in place of Marchand against Islanders

Lucic skating in place of Marchand against Islanders
April 11, 2013, 7:00 pm
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(USA Today Sports)

BOSTON -- The Bruins should be primed for a big showdown against a New York Islanders team that could very well be their opponent in the first round of the playoffs, and the Black and Gold will put on their best face despite missing key pieces in Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.

Tuukka Rask was the first goalie out of the chute during pregame warmups and will get the start for the Bruins, who are riding a three-game winning streak. Evgeni Nabokov, meanwhile, has his own stretch of winning hockey going for a red hot Isles bunch.

Milan Lucic has been slotted in for the concussed Brad Marchand, and will be skating on the left wing with Gregory Campbell and Jaromir Jagr. That means Daniel Paille gets bumped up to duty with David Krejci and Nathan Horton in a move that is essentially outhouse to penthouse.

Dougie Hamilton is also a healthy scratch for the first time this season.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings according to the pregame warm-up:

Paille-Krejci-Horton
Lucic-Campbell-Jagr
Caron-Kelly-Seguin
Daugavins-Peverley-Thornton

Chara-Bartkowski
Seidenberg-Boychuk
Ference-McQuaid

Rask