“Didn’t make the trip for the right reasons,” Julien said. “We’re heading back home tonight, one way or another. He’s a day-to-day.”
This will mark the second game Ference will miss in the series. Ference was suspended for Game 2 because of his illegal check to the head of Mikhail Grabovski in Game 1.
Ference’s status further muddies the defensive lineup. Wade Redden skated this morning and practiced yesterday, but the ex-Blue is a game-time decision for tonight. Redden didn’t play in Game 5 because of an undisclosed injury.
If Redden can play, he will most likely replace Ference as Johnny Boychuk’s partner on the No. 2 pairing. If Redden can’t go, Dougie Hamilton could dress for the second time in the series. However, if Hamilton goes in, Dennis Seidenberg would have to switch to the left side and be split from Zdeno Chara.
The guess here is that Redden will dress. Tonight’s expected lineup:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Wade Redden-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Adam McQuaid