Boston Bruins

Johnson in, McQuaid out for Bruins

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Johnson in, McQuaid out for Bruins

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:

Lucic-Krejci-Horton

Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin

Bourque-Kelly-Peverley

Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk

Seidenberg-Hamilton

Johnson-Ference

Rask

Morning Skate: Can BU's Keller break through with Coyotes?

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Morning Skate: Can BU's Keller break through with Coyotes?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while watching the worlds of sports and politics collide this weekend.

-- Can former Boston University standout Clayton Keller become the NHL’s newest rookie sensation for the Arizona Coyotes? The skills and the skating are certainly there, but we’ll have to see if he can remain in one piece all season with a middling team around him.

-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Kris Letang returning to the Penguins on Sunday. It still blows my mind that Pittsburgh was able to win the Cup without him in its lineup last spring.

-- Speaking of the Penguins, they say they will accept the White House invitation to visit after last year’s Cup win, and offer a pretty non-committal statement about what’s going on in the other three major sports right now.

-- It was a tremendously successful opening of Little Caesar’s Arena for the Detroit Red Wings last night as they stomped the Bruins in preseason action.

-- The Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri is out to prove that last season wasn’t a one-year wonder.

-- For something completely different: Good to see another Stoneham guy getting some accolades for a dead-on impersonation.