Spooner out, Hamilton and Caron in for the B's

Spooner out, Hamilton and Caron in for the B's
January 25, 2014, 12:30 pm
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PHILADELPHIA – The Bruins lineup will take a bit of a different look on Saturday afternoon against the Flyers with players shuttling in and out of the lineup. Ryan Spooner will be a scratch due to a bug he’s been fighting the last few days that’s taken some of the energy out of his game, and Carl Soderberg will slide over to center the third line for the first time this season.

“[Soderberg] can play center. We just have a lot of centermen. At one point, you’ve got so many centers that you’ve got to use somebody on the wing,” said Julien. “But the good part is that centers can always adjust to the wing much easier than a winger trying to play center.

“He’s a big body, and down low against a big team like Philly he should do a good job.”

Spooner has two points in his last eight games, and has seen his energetic speed game tail off as Chris Kelly has moved closer to a return to the lineup. Kelly skated earlier on Saturday morning, and remains out with the hope he can potentially return Monday night against the New York Islanders.

Spooner’s absence opens the door for Jordan Caron to play his first game since Jan. 2 against the Nashville Predators after missing the last eight games due to a stiff back and acting as a healthy scratch. Caron has one point in 23 games this season, and has gone scoreless since scoring a goal all the way back on Oct. 5.

Dougie Hamilton also returns to the lineup for the Black and Gold after missing the last four games with a mild concussion, and was running through his normal pregame routine at the Wells Fargo Center.

It also seemed clear that Tuukka Rask will get the start for the Bruins after going through a stretch where he’d played one game in the last 10 days, and should be well-rested against the Flyers on Saturday afternoon.