While Vladimir Sobotka skated at left wing alongside Marc Savard this morning, it’s no guarantee he’ll be in that position tonight.
“Vladdy’s played both positions,” Claude Julien said. “At the same time with what’s happened, I plan on moving guys around. I’m not sure, unless they put me in that position, we’ll keep set lines tonight. You might see some guys moving around. We’ll see how it goes after a period for either scenario.”
* Patrice Bergeron, who usually kills penalties with Marco Sturm, could see Mark Recchi along with some other partners tonight. Julien said Steve Begin, usually on the ice with Daniel Paille on the PK, could see extra shorthanded time.
* Shawn Thornton, a healthy scratch in Game 1, will return to the lineup tonight. “I can’t stand it,” Thornton said of watching games instead of playing. “I almost had a heart attack. It’s way harder to watch than it is to play. When you’re involved, you kind of go with the flow. When you’re up top or in the back room watching the game on TV, every chance, your heart jumps out of your chest.”
* Yesterday, when speaking about the Game 1 battle between Recchi and Chris Pronger, Julien noted that the Philadelphia defenseman is noted for taking liberties against opposing players. Today, Peter Laviolette said Pronger’s job is to play with some bite against forwards who go to the front of the net. “I thought his game was pretty clean,” Laviolette said. “That Mark Recchi guy seemed to want to take a couple runs at Pronger. I thought Pronger’s game was pretty good. I didn’t really see him taking liberties. I saw him competing hard in battles. He had the altercation with Mark. But that’s Chris’s job. Just like it’s [Zdeno] Chara’s job on the other side to try and play our skilled guys with an edge.”