Chris Bourque will be the healthy scratch tonight. Lane MacDermid will make his season debut.
Bourque, the No. 3 left wing, is scoreless in six games.
“I think he’s putting a lot of pressure on himself right now,” Claude Julien said. “He’s certainly not the Chris that we know. I’ve seen him enough to know he’s a really good skater. He’s a really good playmaker. Right now, he’s putting way too much pressure on himself. Hopefully we can help him through that. Once he takes that extra weight off his shoulders, we can see a player who can certainly be a much more efficient player than he’s shown so far.”
Daniel Paille will skate on the third line. Paille had been getting some shifts with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley to spell Bourque.
Tonight’s expected lineup:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Lane MacDermid-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Adam McQuaid-Andrew Ference