WILMINGTON – The Bruins have started their practice at Ristuccia Arena in preparation for Game 2.
Rich Peverley, a healthy scratch in Game 1, is practicing on the third line with Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr. Kaspars Daugavins, the No. 3 left wing on Wednesday, is one of three spare forwards along with Carl Soderberg and Jay Pandolfo.
After practice, Claude Julien did not commit to his Game 2 lineup. But Julien acknowledged that Peverley can still play an important role.
“I don’t think we intended on sitting him out the whole time,” Julien said. “We started off with a lineup that we thought was deserving of starting the last game. We have an opportunity here moving forward to decide what we want to do.”
Andrew Ference will not play tomorrow after being suspended for his illegal check to Mikhail Grabovski’s head.
The Bruins have split up the power pairing of Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg. Chara is practicing with Adam McQuaid. Seidenberg has shifted to the left side and is paired with Johnny Boychuk on the No. 2 duo. Wade Redden and Dougie Hamilton are the third pair.
Julien also declined to finalize Hamilton’s inclusion into the Game 2 lineup. But it appears the rookie will make his NHL playoff debut tomorrow.
“I’ve done a lot of bike rides, practices here, and working out too,” said Hamilton, a healthy scratch in five of the final eight regular-season games. “I feel good. If I get the opportunity, I’m ready.”
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Jay Pandolfo-Carl Soderberg-Kaspars Daugavins
Zdeno Chara-Adam McQuaid
Dennis Seidenberg-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Aaron Johnson