The Bruins may get another body back in action for Monday’s playoff-like meeting between the Bruins and Lightning, as Marcus Johansson (lung contusion) has been upgraded to a game-time decision.
Out for the last nine games, Johansson was on the ice for a Sunday practice in Tampa Bay, and right back in his spot on the right side of Boston’s second line with Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci. Johansson’s potential return to action would be a definite boost to a Boston squad still without half of their defense corps, as well as bottom-six energy forward Sean Kuraly.
“They’re fun guys to play with” Johansson said of moving back with DeBrusk and Krejci. “I had a lot of fun the games that I played with them. They make it easy on you, they’re so good with the puck, moving the puck and making plays.
“Just have to try to be in the right spot for them. That helps.”
The DeBrusk-Krejci-Johansson combination has been on the ice for three games together this season, and have had some impressive results to date, as they have outshot the opposition 26-11 in 37 minutes together.
Tuukka Rask will get the nod in the Boston net.
The Bruins and Lightning have each won one game to date in this four-game season series.
Here are the expected lines and pairings for the Bruins…
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk – David Krejci – Marcus Johansson
Danton Heinen – Charlie Coyle – Chris Wagner
Joakim Nordstrom – Noel Acciari – David Backes
Zdeno Chara – Charlie McAvoy
Connor Clifton – Brandon Carlo
John Moore – Steven Kampfer