After moving from the second line to the third during Saturday’s game in Columbus, Brad Marchand found himself back there against Detroit Monday, paired with Chris Kelly and Jordan Caron.
Marchand had struggled playing with Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson, and the line had difficulty building chemistry. Since Reilly Smith was added, the second line has cored twice, both off the stick off Eriksson.
“I don’t think it matters who you play with on this team,” Marchand said. “We’ve got a great team and everyone’s in the NHL for a reason.”
But he added, “I’ve got to be better and I know that. It’s been a wake-up call.”
Marchand had 16:32 of ice time Monday, recording four shots on net, but with two giveaways. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.