Bruins sticking with same lineup for start of four-game road trip
When you score eight goals — even if it was against Jonathan Bernier and the hapless Detroit Red Wings — in your last game like the Boston Bruins did, perhaps it’s not in your best interest to tinker with your lineup too much. If it all, actually.
Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy certainly seems to buy into that idea, too, as the Bruins will kick off a four-game road swing through Canada tonight against the Calgary Flames without any sort of tweak to their lineup.
This means that the Bruins will continue to roll with the seemingly improbable second line with Joakim Nordstrom riding to the left of David Krejci, and with Jake DeBrusk playing his off wing. DeBrusk came through with his first two goals of the season in last Saturday’s 8-2 win, and the line has outshot opponents 12-2 in their 21:04 together this season.
And on the third line, Ryan Donato will get another crack to the left of David Backes and Anders Bjork.
“Bjorky and Backes, I think we talked a lot on the ice and I think we knew where each other were a lot during that game and we were very fortunate with a lot of our balances,” Donato said of his first game with the Backes-Bjork duo. “But we created a lot of good chances and I’m happy with the way things went [Saturday].”
This means that Danton Heinen will sit as a healthy scratch for the second game in a row.
“We’re gonna go with what we have scripted as far as goaltending and we’re gonna change the lineup to keep people fresh,” Cassidy acknowledge. “Generally it’s about keeping our guys in the right order, dressing the best lineup, keeping guys competitive, hungry… I think there will be a time, though, that we will get away from that and stick with a lineup. I think every team would tell you that. But we’re not there yet with all the young kids we have.
“We want to make sure that we do it the right way with regards to how long they sit.”
Tuukka Rask gets the start in net for the Bruins.
The Bruins are 9-1-3 in their last 13 head-to-head meetings with the Flames.
Here are the complete expected lines and pairings for the Bruins…
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak
Joakim Nordstrom – David Krejci – Jake DeBrusk
Ryan Donato – David Backes – Ryan Donato
Chris Wagner – Sean Kuraly – Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara – Charlie McAvoy
John Moore – Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk – Kevan Miller