Johnson vs. McElhinney: Battle of backup netminders

Johnson vs. McElhinney: Battle of backup netminders
November 30, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Chad Johnson got his first start since Dec. 19 on Thursday night in Dallas.

(AP Photo)

The Bruins will be looking to cap off a “good week” with a win against a Columbus Blue Jackets team that’s not exactly lighting things up in the playoffs, and it will be a battle of backup goaltenders in sticking with that theme. Chad Johnson gets the start for the Black and Gold after putting up his best game against the Blue Jackets with a 32-save overtime win a couple of weeks ago, and Curtis McElhinney gets the nod for Columbus instead of Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky.

McElhinney is 1-2-1 with a 2.32 goals against average and a .923 save percentage in six games for the Blue Jackets, and is actually petting up better numbers than his Russian No. 1 tandem mate.

Otherwise, it should be the same lineup for the Bruins with Matt Bartkowski and Jordan Caron assuming the positions as the healthy scratches now that everybody is healthy for the Black and Gold. Here are the line combos and D-pairings based on the pregame warm-up:
 
Lucic-Krejci-Iginla


Marchand-Bergeron-Eriksson


Soderberg-Kelly-Smith


Paille-Campbell-Thornton



Chara-Boychuk


Seidenberg-Hamilton


Krug-McQuaid



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