PHILADELPHIA -- The Boston Bruins have a 3-0 lead over the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinals and have a chance to clinch the series with a victory in Game 4 tonight at Wachovia Center.
During Friday morning’s game-day skate, the coach had Marc Savard centering Miroslav Satan and Milan Lucic. The Bruins’ fourth line consisted of Trent Whitfield in the middle between Steve Begin and Brad Marchand.
Julien wouldn’t say for certain, but said Whitfield will “probably” be in the lineup in place of Krejci.
“[Whitfield] is one of those guys who has experience,” said Julien. “He’s been around. He brings grit and can certainly kill penalties.”
“I just want to go out there play hard and play my game,” said Whitfield. “I’ll do whatever they ask me to do. . . The first couple of shifts are huge for me tonight. It’s hit or be hit. You need to get yourself calmed down and get into the game. It’s been a while so I’m excited to be in there.”
Here are a few notes from the morning skate:
**Defenseman Mark Stuart has been given medical clearance to return to game action, but Julien said he would make a decision tonight. It’s likely he will be in the lineup. He’s been out since April 2 with an infection in his hand.
“It’s still a game-time decision, but if they call my name, I’m ready to go,” Stuart said.
**Shawn Thornton was the only Bruins player who did not participate in the morning skate. According to Julien, there’s nothing wrong with the team’s pugilist and said Thornton will be in the lineup tonight.
**Krejci, who had surgery to repair a dislocated wrist on Wednesday night in Baltimore, will rejoin the team here tonight and will be in attendance for the game.
“Hopefully we can give him a nice gift,” said Julien, referring to a clinching victory.
**On Thursday, the Bruins held an optional skate and likely watched Game 4 between the San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings. The Sharks entered that game with a 3-0 series lead, but the Red Wings completely dominated Game 4 and remain alive with a 7-1 victory.
Boston has a 3-0 lead on the Flyers, and Julien’s not worried about his team losing focus.
“Personally, I don’t think we needed to see [Detroit’s win]. We knew before hand and we’ve been through it on the reserve side and got ourselves back into a series. Maybe that experience will certainly help us approach this one.”