BOSTON -- The Bruins held their game day skate at TD Garden in advance of the their first game in a home-and-home set with the Canadiens and following the skate, head coach Claude Julien indicated that defenseman Adam McQuaid -- out the last four games with a neck injury -- would be back in the lineup.
“He’s been cleared to go so we’ll have seven D’s out there tonight, but the possibility of him playing is probably very good,” Julien said.
If McQuaid returns he would likely take Steven Kampfer's spot in the lineup.
Goalie Tuukka Rask was the first off the ice so he should get his first start since October 18. The rest of the lineup (below) should look the same as it was in practice Wednesday.
Julien also stressed the importance of a good start for the Bruins and trying to get the first goal, something they haven’t done in the last six games. With the Habs playing last night, this is the third straight game that the Bruins are playing a team that played the night before. So far they’re 1-1 but as Julien pointed out, his team isn’t getting the start they need to take advantage of some tired legs on the opposite end of the ice.
“There’s no doubt you have to have a good start and a team that’s played two games in two nights, wants to make sure they take care of that first period and make sure that they stay in the game,” Julien said. “They want to handle that barrage that the team that’s fresh should be giving them. Every team is going to handle it it’s own way and I know that we have to have a good start but we have to start playing with the lead here and that’s something that we failed to do now for many games.”
Here’s how the lineup should look tonight:
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid