The Boston Bruins will look to salvage the finale of their three-game Western Conference road trip Saturday as they visit the Vancouver Canucks.
The Bruins, who fell to the Calgary Flames in overtime Friday night, opted not to hold a mandatory skate Saturday morning, and head coach Claude Julien did not rule out making a few tweaks to his lineup.
“(There) could be,” Julien told reporters, via BostonBruins.com. “I’m making some decisions there (Saturday), and that’s why there are a lot of players out there today, and we’ll see what we decide to go with. Some players needed, wanted, to skate — some players that didn’t play or didn’t have much ice time (Friday).
“So, we’re going to make some roster decisions there (Saturday night).”
Goaltender Tuukka Rask, who came on in relief of Jonas Gustavsson in Friday’s 5-4 loss, is expected to start between the pipes against Vancouver.
UPDATE (10 p.m. ET): In a surprising move, Julien sat down Jimmy Hayes — the first healthy scratch of the winger’s young Bruins career. The Bruins also swapped out their entire second defensive pairing, with Joe Morrow and Kevan Miller replacing Dennis Seidenberg and Colin Miller.
Here are Saturday’s projected lines and pairings, as reported by the teams:
BOSTON BRUINS (13-8-3)
Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — Brett Connolly
Matt Beleskey — David Krejci — Loui Eriksson
Frank Vatrano — Joonas Kemppainen — Ryan Spooner
Zac Rinaldo — Landon Ferraro — Tyler Randell
Zdeno Chara — Zach Trotman
Joe Morrow — Kevan Miller
Torey Krug — Adam McQuaid
VANCOUVER CANUCKS (9-10-8)
Daniel Sedin — Henrik Sedin — Jannik Hansen
Ronalds Kenins — Bo Horvat — Radim Vrbata
Brandon Prust — Jared McCann — Derek Dorsett
Sven Baertschi — Adam Cracknell — Alexandre Burrows
Alexander Edler — Christopher Tanev
Dan Hamhuis — Yannick Weber
Alex Biega — Matt Bartkowski
Thumbnail photo via Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA TODAY Sports Images
Thumbnail photo via Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid