For the second straight game, defenseman Joe Corvo will be listed as a healthy scratch when the Boston Bruins welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs — for the final time this season — Monday at the TD Garden.
According to coach Claude Julien, Corvo is a little banged up but could have played if needed. However, the Bruins’ bench boss decided to scratch him again in favor of Greg Zanon, who will pairs with Adam McQuaid for the second straight game.
“Joe is not going to play tonight,” Julien said after the morning skate. “I said [on Saturday] he was a healthy scratch, but he’s also banged up.
“What that means if we really needed him, he’d be available. But right now we’re going to stick with the same lineup of healthy guys.”
With four goals and 21 assists in 70 games during the 2011-12 season, Corvo has been often ridiculed by Bruins fans — despite posting a plus-7 — for underachieving and not meeting expectations as a puck-moving defenseman since being acquired via trade by the Carolina Hurricanes last July.
With the scratch, the duos of Dennis Seidenberg-Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk-Andrew Ference will be the top two pairings. All four of them were instrumental in the team’s Cup run — in their respective pairings — last spring.
Mike Mottau, who was acquired from the New York Islanders — along with Brian Rolston — on deadline day, will be the other healthy scratch on the blueline.
Peverley skates, now day-to-day
The 2011-12 version of the Bruins has seen their share of injuries during the last few months, but there’s a sigh of relief from The Hub of Hockey as Rich Peverley took part in the morning skate.
Peverley, who has 38 points in 49 games this year (9 goals, 29 assists), started skating on his own this past Wednesday and his recovery is progressing nicely as he is now considered day-to-day after sustaining a knee injury back on Feb. 15.
“There’s no exact time for when he’s going to start playing again, but he’s looking better everyday,” Julien said.
“He’s progressed since [Wednesday]. When you’ve been off that long, you don’t just come back overnight. So we’re going to give him a chance and wait for our doctors to clear him.”