Nathan Horton will be a game-time decision for Game 1 of the playoffs tonight, Bruins coach Claude Julien said. Horton didn’t play the last five games of the regular season because of an upper-body injury.
It’s a good bet Horton will play, based on the morning skate. Horton took regular line rushes with Milan Lucic and David Krejci.
The more uncertain lineup spot is the No. 3 left wing. Kaspars Daugavins practiced on the third line Tuesday. Rich Peverley was a spare forward. Both skated on the third line this morning, with Daugavins taking the first shift.
Daugavins played efficiently in the last two games. Daugavins is a left-shot forward. Peverley, a right shot, would have to play his off wing. However, Peverley has playoff experience and would be skating alongside Chris Kelly, his longtime center. Peverley can also take faceoffs.
* The healthy scratches will be Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson, Carl Soderberg, and Jay Pandolfo. All four stayed on the ice for extra work after their teammates retreated to the dressing room.