Tyler Seguin is sliding back to center and he’ll be doing so with one of the greatest wingers ever flanking him.
With center Patrice Bergeron out with a concussion, head coach Claude Julien is moving Seguin to center — a position he played all his life before joining the Bruins, according to The Boston Globe. Seguin will be skating with recently acquired Jaromir Jagr on his wing, opposite Brad Marchand. The trio skated together Thursday at morning skate.
Julin expects Seguin to “go out there and do a decent job like everybody else,” reports The Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa.
“It’s going to be a little different for him,” Julien told reporters, referring to No. 19’s responsibilities in the B’s zone. “He’s not going to be on the wall. He’ll be low in support. He’s going to have to cover a little more territory. It’s something we all know [Bergeron] does extremely well.
“He’s got some big shoes to fill,” he added. “We don’t expect him to fill them.”
Defenseman Wade Redden, who was acquired on Wednesday, isn’t expected to suit up on Thursday night but Kaspars Daugavins, plucked from Ottawa last week, appears to be skating on the third line with Jay Pandolfo and center Rich Peverley.
Below are the projected new lines, according to Shinzawa.
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Tyler Seguin-Jaromir Jagr
Jay Pandolfo-Rich Peverley-Kaspars Daugavins
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk