December 23rd, 2010 by

Game day: B’s prep for Atlanta, new lines

The Bruins are looking for a bit of old magic with Wheeler-Krejci-Ryder.

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins (17-11-4) host the Southeast Division’s Atlanta Thrashers (19-12-5) tonight at the TD Garden at 7:00 p.m.

The B’s didn’t do much this morning other than ride the bike and kick the soccer ball around a bit, as the team was given the morning skate off today. Here are a few morning notes from the TD Garden locker rooms to press room:

  • Brad Marchand (undisclosded) and Mark Stuart (finger) were the only players dressed and buzzing around the ice.
  • Expect Daniel Paille back in the lineup as Marchand still isn’t 100 percent.

“He just started skating today for the first time and I don’t think he’s 100-percent,” head coach Claude Julien said of Marchand during his morning briefing to the media. “So very doubtful”.

  • The Bruins tweaked their lineup this week during practices at Ristuccia Arena.

Lucic–Savard–Horton
Wheeler–Krejci–Ryder
Recchi–Bergeron–Seguin
Paille–Campbell–Thornton

“This is just something that you do over the course of a season – you hope it kind of gives it some life and some results,” Julien said. “We’ve had at least  a couple days to practice with those  lines and see how it ends up tonight.”

The team is particularly looking at the reunion of Wheeler–Krejci–Ryder to regain some of their success of the 2008-09 season, when the trio combined for 70-101-171 scoring totals and a whopping plus-101 rating.

“There’s some familiarity there with certain guys so you hope that, again, brings back some of the good things its has in the past.” Julien added.

“I think Wheels [Blake Wheeler] right now is, I think has been skating pretty well and doing a good job on the forecheck and then creating things just with his speed” he said. “You hope that can help that line as well.”

“David [Krejci], I think, hasn’t played probably to his best potential that we have seen him play in the past yet. And maybe that will  spark him to — going back with some old teammates and maybe different wingers — you hope that will help him find his game as well.”

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