With tonight’s Game 7 being a winner-take-all, neither Claude Julien nor Michel Therrien are taking any chances when it comes to their lineups.
Both Boston and Montreal lineups read the exact same as they did for Game 6, with both coaches trusting that what got them to this pivotal game will carry them to a date with the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final.
Julien is sticking with Matt Fraser on the third line over Jordan Caron, who had seen time in these playoffs with the third and fourth lines. Fraser scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 4 and added an assist in the Bruins’ Game 5 win.
The first line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and Jarome Iginla is still together as well; Julien has faith that the line that has totaled six points in the six games this series will come through as they did all season for the Bruins.
Therrien took a gamble when he started rookie Nathan Beaulieu in Game 6 in Montreal, and it paid off as the defenseman assisted on Max Pacioretty’s breakaway goal that made it 2-0 Canadiens in the second period.
Daniel Briere also got back in the Canadiens’ lineup after being scratched in Game 5. He didn’t record any shots, but had one block in 10:01 of ice time.