Kelly out for Bruins, Rask to start vs. Sabres

Kelly out for Bruins, Rask to start vs. Sabres
April 12, 2014, 12:00 pm
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BOSTON – The Bruins will finish out their home schedule of regular season games in style with a close to full lineup of B’s players on Saturday afternoon against the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden. With a win against the Sabres on Saturday the B’s will wrap up the President’s Trophy for the second time in franchise history and wrap up home ice through the entire postseason.

Chris Kelly will be out for the final two games this weekend with a back injury, and that means Jordan Caron will remain in the lineup for the Black and Gold.
Claude Julien said he’s hopeful that Kelly will be ready to go when the B’s open up their first round of the playoffs on April 17.
“I wouldn’t expect to see him in the next couple of games. That’s too quick,” said Claude Julien. “As far as when the playoffs start, we’re optimistic right now [with Kelly]. But we can’t guarantee anything right now.”

But otherwise Tuukka Rask will get the start between the pipes, and Julien said to expect close to the full lineup of Bruins with Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara back in after skipping the Thursday night loss in Winnipeg. Here is the expected line combos and D-pairings based on Julien’s comments and the usual combinations:
 
Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
Marchand-Bergeron-Smith
Caron-Soderberg-Eriksson
Paille-Campbell-Thornton
 
Chara-Hamilton
Bartkowski-Boychuk
Krug-Miller
 
Rask