The Bruins liked the final result in Game 2 against the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden, so they’ll be going with the same exact lineup in their first playoff foray into the Bell Centre in three years. That means both Jordan Caron and Andrej Meszaros are in the game for the Black and Gold, and Daniel Paille will once again add his speed and grittiness to the third line with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson.
That means it will also be a second straight scratch for Matt Bartkowski, who continues to sit after taking a couple of costly penalties in the Game 1 loss for the Black and Gold.
For players like Soderberg, Reilly Smith, Torey Krug, Kevan Miller and Dougie Hamilton it will be their first playoff experience at the Bell Centre against the Canadiens, and they’ll need to be prepared for just about anything to happen.
For the Canadiens it sounds like mammoth human being Douglas Murray is in for the Montreal defenseman, and Francis Bouillon is out. Brandon Prust also appears to be out for the Habs after he was hobbled earlier in the series.
Here are the line combos and D-pairings based on the pregame warm-up: