Rask vs. Budaj, Krug back in for the Bruins

Rask vs. Budaj, Krug back in for the Bruins
March 24, 2014, 7:30 pm
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BOSTON – The Bruins certainly want their best lineup on the ice for their final regular season meeting just in case they suit up against the Montreal Canadiens in the playoffs, and that meant Torey Krug was back in for the Black and Gold. Krug was skating with Dougie Hamilton as the bottom defensemen pairing in pregame warm-up, and the Bruins otherwise had the same lineup against the Habs.

Krug has been scratched a couple of times during the 12-game winning streak, and was a healthy scratch Saturday night against the Phoenix Coyotes

The goaltending matchup was the same as its been in the last two games between the Original Six rivals with Tuukka Rask facing off against Montreal backup Peter Budaj, who snapped a four game winning streak for Boston the last time he played at TD Garden back in January.  

Rask is 3-10-2 with a 2.75 GAA and .906 save % in 16 career games against Montreal, but is riding a personal six game winning streak with a .947 save percentage during that span. Budaj is 4-2-0 with a 2.63 GAA and .911 save % in seven career games against Boston. Here are the forward combos and D-pairings based on the pregame warm-up:
 

Lucic-Krejci-Iginla

Marchand-Bergeron-Smith

Kelly-Soderberg-Eriksson

Paille-Campbell-Thornton

 

Chara-Boychuk

Bartkowski-Miller

Krug-Hamilton

 

Rask