Seguin back in lineup for Game 4

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Seguin back in lineup for Game 4

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Some of the suspense for the Game 4 Bruins lineup has been ended with Tyler Seguin a lock to jump back on the active roster in place of the concussed Nathan Horton, who may or may not be in attendance at TD Garden on Wednesday night.

The 19-year-old has been scoreless in his last seven playoff games dating back to a four-point explosion against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 of the Conference Finals, but will once again be responding to a healthy scratch on Monday night."I wasn't happy with how I played in that last game in Vancouver," said Seguin. "I didn't think I played my best. I can't say I saw the healthy scratch coming and I can't say I was was shocked. It was what it was."

During the season Seguin always responded with some offense when scratched or having the threat of playing time over his head, and that would again appear to be the case for the Bruins.

Hell need to be more of a presence after failing to get a shot off on net in each of the first two games he played against the Canucks in the Cup Finals.

Its going to take everybody to play well again, Julien said. Its not just because Nathan Horton is out of our lineup. Thats what it is going to take to beat this team. Weve known that from the start.

I didnt think we had that full team effort in the first couple of games. Last game was a little bit better. We need to continue with that trend. We are playing it safe. We put 23 guys out there for warm-up. We make decisions after warm-ups as long as everybody is ready to go. I think people have a pretty good idea Tyler Seguin will be back in the lineup. If you didnt, you know now.

Jordan Caron also skated with the Black and Gold in place of Mark Recchi, who once again exercised his 43-year-old option for the morning skate as all future Hall of Famers should be afforded. Caron will take part in the Stanley Cup Final warm-up on the TD Garden ice for the first time during the playoffs, and would be the next option for the Bs if there are any further injuries.

The lines should appear as follows:

Lucic - Krejci - Ryder

Marchand - Bergeron - Recchi

Peverley - Kelly - Seguin

Paille - Campbell - Thornton

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.

*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.  

*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.

*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.

*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.

*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.

*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.

*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.


 

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

BRIGHTON, Mass – While both Kevan Miller and Colin Miller were missing from Bruins practice on Saturday morning, both injured Bruins defensemen could be rejoining the team soon.

Colin Miller skated on his own prior to Saturday’s team practice at Warrior Ice Arena for the second or third time since suffering a lower body injury in the win over the St. Louis Blues. Claude Julien said his presence on the ice was proof that the puck-moving defenseman is “definitely on the mend”, and could be nearing a return to practice soon with Sunday marking the sixth straight game that he’ll have missed.

Kevan Miller is out with a concussion suffered last weekend in the win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and the B’s current three-game losing streak has coincided with his absence from the lineup.

Julien said Miller has actually been away from the team for the last couple of days while dealing with a virus, and that his recovery from the concussion symptoms was good prior to being knocked down by the illness.

“Kevan was actually feeling really well and then he got hit by a virus that’s kept him in bed for the last two days,” said Julien. “It’s nothing to do with his original injury. There was a possibility he could have been ready very soon, but that’s set him back a bit.”

Both are obviously out for Sunday’s matinee against the Penguins, but a return to practice at some point next week seems like a good bet for both players. Here are the line combos and defense pairings from Saturday’s practice with the Bruins focusing on getting a good result in Pittsburgh with the hockey club on a “mom’s trip” with 22 of the players’ mothers traveling with the team to and from the game:

Marchand-Bergeron-Vatrano

Schaller-Krejci-Pastrnak

Spooner-Nash-Backes/Hayes

Blidh/Beleskey-Moore-Czarnik

 

Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

Morrow-Liles

 

Rask

McIntyre