The Bruins will have a different look for Game 5 against the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden with veteran defenseman Wade Redden out of the lineup. Claude Julien said Redden is out for Friday night’s game, and that either Matt Bartkowski or Dougie Hamilton will spell a third pairing D-man that’s been very effective in this series.
Julien wouldn’t elaborate on Redden’s issue, but said that the blueliner is “day-to-day” after a physical Game 4 against Toronto.
It was thought Johnny Boychuk might have been the banged up defenseman, but he looked fine at the morning skate and told 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich that he felt fine during his weekly hit with them on Friday morning.
Bartkowski skated with Redden at Friday’s morning skate, and would appear to have the inside track on the Game 5 as a lefty shot. Placing a right-handed shot in Hamilton into the Bruins lineup would potentially involve busting up the Zdeno Chara/Dennis Seidenberg top pairing just as they did in Game 2. That didn’t work out very well defensively for the Black and Gold, and it would appear they’re going to avoid a repeat of that.
Here are the expected line combos and D-pairings based on morning skate: