Berkshire Bank Faceoff: Bruins Veterans Getting Rest As Youngsters Take On Devils


Justin FlorekGame No. 82 is upon us, and the long ride that is the NHL regular season is just about over. For the Boston Bruins, there’s just one more game to get through before the Stanley Cup playoffs get underway.

That one game will be played Sunday afternoon in New Jersey where the B’s take on the Devils. For Boston, it’s all about staying healthy, and Claude Julien will do all he can to ensure the B’s escape without any real injuries. Part of that process includes not even bringing veterans Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Chris Kelly, Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Daniel Paille on the trip. In their place, the B’s have recalled Alexander Khohklachev, Matt Lindblad, Justin Florek and Craig Cunningham from Providence. All of them will be in the lineup on Sunday in Newark.

The B’s have a surplus of defensemen for the matchup with the Devils, which means they’ll have to move up a D-man to forward. According to warmups, that player will be Dougie Hamilton who skated with a makeshift fourth line.

See all of the zany lines and D-pairs below.

Bruins (54-18-9, 117 points)

Justin Florek — Carl Soderberg — Loui Eriksson
Brad Marchand — Alexander Khohklachev — Reilly Smith
Gregory Campbell — Matt Lindblad — Shawn Thornton
Jordan Caron — Craig Cunningham — Dougie Hamilton

Andrej Meszaros — Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski — Kevan Miller
Torey Krug — Corey Potter

Devils (34-29-18, 86 points)

Patrik Elias — Travis Zajac — Jaromir Jagr
Damien Brunner — Dainius Zubrus — Mike Sislo
Tuomo Ruutu — Tim Sestito — Michael Ryder
Ryan Carter — Stephen Gionta — Steve Bernier

Andy Greene — Mark Fayne
Jon Merrill — Marek Zidlicky
Anton Volchenkov — Adam Larsson

Photo via Instagram/@NHLBruins

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