Rask to get start for Bruins vs. Canadiens

Rask to get start for Bruins vs. Canadiens
January 30, 2014, 12:30 pm
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BOSTON -- The Bruins have no reason to tinker with their lineup after dropping the hammer down on the Panthers Tuesday night, scoring six goals for the third straight game.

There were no changes as they prepare to host the Montreal Canadiens for the first time this season. Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice for Thursday morning skate indicating he’ll be the starting goaltender, and Daniel Paille continued his role on the third line with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson.

The 24 wins for Rask this season are a career-high, and tonight’s 41st start of the season is the most games he's started during a single regular season in his career.

Chris Kelly had actually moved up to third line center for the final period of Tuesday’s blowout win over Florida, but he was back centering the fourth line Thursday morning. The only Bruins player missing from the skate was Adam McQuaid, who remains day-to-day with a leg injury for which the Bruins medical staff hasn't pinpointed a recovery timeline.

McQuaid hasn’t been seen on the ice since hurting his leg in the second period of the shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks almost two weeks ago. Here are the line combos and D-pairings based on the morning skate:
 
Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
Marchand-Bergeron-Smith
Paille-Soderberg-Eriksson
Campbell-Kelly-Thornton
 
Chara-Boychuk
Bartkowski-Miller
Krug-Hamilton
 
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