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    Bruins looking for answers, swap Thornton and Ryder

    Joe Makarski November 14, 2010

    Michael Ryder

    Having lost two straight contests, plus dropping four of their last five while watching their home record crash to 2-4-1 on the season, Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien has decided to give his line-up a bit of a shake-up today.

    As the Bruins welcomed back center David Krejci (concussion) and defenseman Johnny Boychuk (fractured forearm) to non-contact practice at Ristuccia Memorial Arena this morning, Julien also shuffled-up the lines by swapping forwards Michael Ryder and Shawn Thornton to each others’ respective lines.

    Ryder, lined with center Gregory Campbell and Brad Marchand on the Bruins’ fourth-line today, has four goals on the season which ties him for this best on the team  in 14 games. And despite a debacle of a ’09-10 NHL season, Ryder is off to the best start of his tenure in Boston.

    “”I wanted to come into camp in good shape and get off to a good start, and I think I did that. Last year was a disappointment for me personally and a lot of the other guys, and a team as a whole,” Ryder said today after practice, donning the maroon fourth-line jersey. “We wanted to be better and get off to a good start and we did that.

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