Seguin dropped to third line in practice

Seguin dropped to third line in practice
April 7, 2013, 4:30 pm
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(USA Today Sports)

WILMINGTON -- It was expected that the Bruins' coaching staff would have some kind of reaction to yet another loss to the Canadiens in a season where it’s looking more and more likely they won’t be catching the rival Habs in the Northeast Division.

It should have come as no surprise, then, that Tyler Seguin was dropped to Boston’s third line for Sunday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena after Seguin had no shots -- and little impact -- in Saturday night’s 2-1 loss to Montreal at the Bell Centre.

Seguin was skating on the right wing along with Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille/Jay Pandolfo on the third line, and Gregory Campbell was bumped up to second line center between Brad Marchand and Jaromir Jagr. That left a fourth line of Rich Peverley, Shawn Thornton and Kaspars Daugavins, as coach Claude Julien searches the right combination of players while missing the concussed Patrice Bergeron.

“We move players around a little bit, maybe to balance things for the time being,” said Julien. “But right now it’s about playing your game as an individual. You shouldn’t care where you are, you should care what you bring.

“He’s been fine like that. There are no issues. I don’t feel like I have to explain myself to every player for every move that I make. They understand that we’re trying to win here and that’s all that should matter.”

The moves comes after Julien quickly reversed course from his plan to play Seguin in the pivot between Marchand and Jagr when the Canadiens were able to hem the Bruins’ forward line deep in their own zone Saturday night. Down 1-0 in the first period, he switched Seguin back to right wing with Marchand and bumped Peverley to the center spot between the two young wingers.

Here are the line combos and ‘D’ pairings from Sunday’s practice: