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Today's lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  December 29, 2008 12:53 PM

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Aaron Ward has been taking most of his shifts with Zdeno Chara. Here's how today's lineup looks:

P.J. Axelsson
Marc Savard
Phil Kessel
Blake Wheeler
David Krejci
Michael Ryder
Milan Lucic
Stephane Yelle
Chuck Kobasew
Vladimir Sobotka
Martin St. Pierre
Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara
Aaron Ward
Matt Hunwick
Dennis Wideman
Mark Stuart
Shane Hnidy
Manny Fernandez
Tim Thomas

* Matt Lashoff and Petteri Nokelainen are the spares.

ANALYSIS: Putting Ward back with Chara means the Bruins will have their top shutdown pair intact again. The other move Claude Julien made today was to switch Milan Lucic and P.J. Axelsson. For the last two games, Lucic has not performed like a first-line player. This is most likely a temporary move, with the aim to get Lucic back on his game with the third line, then reclaim his spot with Marc Savard and Phil Kessel. Julien did the same thing at the start of the season after Lucic had a poor training camp.

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