BOSTON -- Claude Julien said that Tuesday’s line combinations weren't set in stone for Game 1 of the playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but they were exactly the same in Wednesday morning’s skate at TD Garden. Dougie Hamilton, Jay Pandolfo, Rich Peverley and Aaron Johnson all appeared ready for playoff scratches as the top 18 forwards and defensemen readied to start the playoffs.
While the scratch of 19-year-old rookie Hamilton isn’t a shock considering the way things have gone for him down the stretch, a potential benching for Peverley is surprising given that he had two points (1 goal, 1 assist) in the final two regular season games. Instead Kaspars Daugavins, who played well in those final two games, will be skating with Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr. (Hmmm…Jagr and the Daug Man sounds like a buddy cop team, doesn’t it?)
Despite the look on line rushes at Wednesday morning practice, Claude Julien wouldn't commit to scratching any players quite yet: "I haven't made any decisions on my lineup tonight. We'll leave it at that."
The only thing he would reveal is that Hamilton "probably" won't play in Game 1. The rookie defenseman skated with the expected healthy scratches at the end of practice.
Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice for the Bruins, and will be getting the start against James Reimer on Wednesday night.
Here are the line combos and D-pairings based on Wednesday’s morning skate: