We’ll have to wait until the game to see the final pairings. The guess here is that Chara-Seidenberg will stick, most likely against the No. 2 line of Jarome Iginla, Evgeni Malkin, and James Neal. The Chara-Seidenberg whole is better than its parts.
Andrew Ference took some reps with Boychuk this morning. Ference could be close to returning. It’s likely that Bartkowski will dress for Game 1 as Boychuk’s partner.
“You think about it all week and you talk about it,” Claude Julien said of personnel decisions. “Eventually you make a decision. But just because you make a decision doesn’t mean you stick with it. You have a decision, but you also have Plan B if you need to adapt.”
Tonight’s expected lineup:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid