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Bruins work with new lines

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  February 16, 2009 10:45 AM

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WILMINGTON -- In need of a spark after going 0-2-2 over the last four games, the Bruins this morning are trying a couple of changes to their attack trios.

Line No. 1 has Marc Savard pivoting Milan Lucic on left wing and rookie Blake Wheeler on the right wing.

Center David Krejci, in a troublesome slump the last three weeks, has Vladimir Sobotka on his left wide and Phil Kessel on his right.

Patrice Bergeron, looking much more himself the last two games, is with P.J. Axelsson (LW) and RW Chuck Kobasew (back in full stride after sustaining leg injury).

The mainstay checking line still has Stephane Yelle centering Shawn Thornton and Byron Bitz. Recent callup Martins Karsums also is working with that line.

Michael Ryder, wearing a bright red sweater, is zipping around in full stride, but with a full cage covering his surgically-repaired face. Ryder underwent surgery last Monday to repair three fractures in the sinus bone. Ryder, with 19 goals thus far, is expected to talk with the media at the conclusion of the workout this morning.

The Bruins will catch a flight south this afternoon and will face the Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C., tomorrow night, before darting farther south for weekend games in Tampa and Sunrise, Fla.

There were some 50 fans in the stands this morning, a large crowd, in part because of the President's Day holiday.

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