By Danny Picard
WILMINGTON -- Bruins forward Nathan Horton found himself on a new line for Friday's practice at Ristuccia Arena. He also found himself in the locker room a whole lot earlier than expected.
Horton left Friday's practice early with what Bruins coach Claude Julien called "a little discomfort. Unsurprisingly, both refused to give away where that discomfort was.
"Those situations are always day-to-day, and we'll see Saturday," said Julien.
Horton will travel with the team to Montreal, so the discomfort can't be too concerning. Either way, he began Friday's practice on the right wing with David Krejci and Blake Wheeler.
As a result, Michael Ryder moved to the right wing with Marc Savard and Milan Lucic.
Julien said after practice that he made the moves because he's looking for "more sustained offensive zone presence."
"Sometimes you've got to make those changes, and we're going to give that a try," the coach said. "We did it in Buffalo, I think, in the third period a bit. It kind of worked. It seemed to give those lines a little bit of a spark, so hopefully we get the same Saturday."
The B's will battle the Canadiens on Saturday for the division lead and Savard knows just how big a game it is. So much so, that the only thing he can do to be successful is to put Thursday night's blunder in the past.
After Friday's practice, Savard said he had moved on from the turnover in his own zone that led to Minnesota's game-winning goal, but not without pointing out that the game wasn't over when that happened.
"That's part of the business," he said. "You've got to move on. It was tough to swallow, but in the same sense, we have a huge game Saturday night. Probably the biggest of the year, so hopefully we can respond to that.
"I mean, there was still lots of time in the game," said Savard, when asked again about his turnover. "There's other mistakes that happen in the game. Maybe sometimes the goalie makes a big save for you, but unfortunately it went in, and that's part of hockey."
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