Bruins shake lines up at practice

January, 11, 2010

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- After taking Sunday off, the Bruins returned to practice at Ristuccia Arena on Monday morning with a bit of a different alignment to their forward corps.

In an obvious attempt to get all his best offensive players grouped together, head coach Claude Julien skated Mark Recchi at center between Marco Sturm and Miroslav Satan. The Bruins' second line consisted of David Krejci between Michael Ryder and Blake Wheeler.

Vladimir Sobotka and Steve Begin both centered Recchi and Sturm to little avail in Saturday's loss to New York. Sobotka was demoted to fourth-line duty along with Trent Whitfield, Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille. Begin centered Byron Bitz and Milan Lucic. Bitz returned to practice for the first time since missing the last two games with a back injury.

Matt Kalman

Bruins reporter,
Matt Kalman covers the Bruins for He has been on the Bruins beat since the lockout for numerous publications and has been covering the Boston sports scene for a decade.



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