It appears that Claude Julien found something he liked in the third period of Monday nights road win over the Carolina Hurricanes. According to the line rushes during pregame skate it appears that the Bruins coach will be keeping spare defenseman Aaron Johnson in the lineup rather than inserting Adam McQuaid now back from Prince Edward Island after attending funeral services for his grandmother McQuaid missed Monday's road game in Carolina to be with his family during the services.
The 29-year-old Johnson played 11:29 of ice time in the victory his third game of the season for the Black and Gold and sports a minus-2 rating along with three shots on goal during that time period. Perhaps the Bruins simply like the way Ference has looked playing the right side with McQuaid out of the lineup, but that will be a question for the Bs head coach following the game.
So the Bs lineup is completely the same except for Tuukka Rask getting back between the pipes after taking the first part of the back-to-back games off.
Johan Hedberg will get his first start of the season for the New Jersey Devils, and hasnt played in an NHL game since April 17. Here is the lineup for the Bruins according to pregame warm-ups:
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after watching the Boston Celtics take a hard pass on the Boogie.
-- Bob McKenzie sits in with the good folks at TSN 1200 Ottawa sports radio and talks a little Claude Julien of the Montreal Canadiens.
-- The Avalanche youth movement is set to begin as quickly as March 1, as Colorado may move some of its veteran players at the trade deadline.
-- Ryan Johansen got snubbed in his return to Columbus for the first time as a member of the Nashville Predators. That’s too bad, but it’s also not exactly Wayne Gretzky returning to the Edmonton Oilers for the first time.
-- The price tag for Kevin Shattenkirk is in and it includes a top prospect and a first-round pick, along with another piece, for a rental defenseman. That should be far too rich for the Bruins’ blood. The B's were already intent on avoiding the rental market ahead of the trade deadline, and the steep price -- even for a potentially useful short-term acquisition like the puck-moving Shattenkirk -- should make that even more of a certainty.
-- Ken Campbell asks whether hockey agents have gone too far in chasing after prospective prospects before they even enter their teenage years.
-- Bobby Ryan has a hand injury that’s going to sideline him, another piece of bad luck for the Senators forward.
-- For something completely different: On President’s Day, it seems only natural to go through the favorite Presidents in the history of the Marvel Universe.