Lindblad in, Meszaros out for B's vs. Hurricanes

Lindblad in, Meszaros out for B's vs. Hurricanes
March 15, 2014, 11:15 am
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BOSTON – The Bruins will make some lineup changes on Saturday afternoon with the Carolina Hurricanes on board for a matinee at TD Garden, and the B’s as the hottest team in hockey with seven straight wins. With Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter participating in a bag skate on Saturday morning, the Bruins will have their normal set of six defensemen in the lineup including Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug.

Jordan Caron was also among the bag skate participants, so he’s also out for the Saturday game against Carolina. Rookie Matthew Lindblad revealed to the media on Saturday morning that the team told him he’ll be in the lineup for his NHL debut, so it would stand to reason that the 23-year-old will fill in for the recovering Daniel Paille.

Lindblad was pretty excited about potentially making his debut when asked it following Friday’s practice with the Bruins.

Lindblad will be the seventh B’s player to make his NHL debut with the team this season (Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek, Kevan Miller, Niklas Svedberg, Zach Trotman and David Warsofsky).

“I’m very fortunate to be in the position that I’m in, and I’ll be ready if I get the opportunity,” said Lindblad. “It’s been a good year so far. Anytime you come from college it takes a while to get used to the style, the speed and the structure, but over the course of the year I’ve rounded out my game pretty well.

“Staying at the NHL camp a little longer certainly helped, and getting up for a couple of practices with the guys. It’s also allowed me to be around the coaches a little more. So from a comfort standpoint in the locker room, I am very content with everything. Guys give you a smile and a handshake when you walk in the room, and it’s a very welcoming atmosphere.”

But there was no confirmation from the B’s about which player Lindblad will be replacing in the Black and Gold lineup. Chad Johnson will be getting the start for the Bruins against Carolina, and is 2-1 with a .908 save percentage in three games since the Olympic break.