Scrimmage gives sneak-peak into possible line combos

The Bruins held their Black vs. White scrimmage this afternoon, and though many of the players involved will likely be in Providence or Juniors come opening night, there was some insight to be gained by the lines Claude Julien sent out.

In a line that has been talked about since draft night as a near slam dunk, Julien finally made it seem official that Tyler Seguin would skate on the right wing with Patrice Bergeron at center and Mark Recchi on the left. Seguin assisted on Team White's only goal, feeding a pass from behind the net to Bergeron, who beat Nolan Schafer high glove side.

Seguin has always been likely to spend his first pro season at RW, but the status of Marc Savard could change that. If the B's brass would rather keep Seguin with Recchi and Bergeron, it's possible that one of Joe Colborne or Zach Hamill could start the season with the big club. They would likely center Blake Wheeler/Michael Ryder, with the David Krejci stepping up to center Milan Lucic/Nathan Horton.

Dan Paille and Gregory Campbell were on a line together during the scrimmage, and that pair figures to see a lot of each other this season. Brian McGrattan was on their right wing, a spot that will likely be filled by Shawn Thornton on opening night. Should Marc Savard not be ready for the trip to Prague, it's a good bet that the B's lines will be as follows vs. Phoenix:

Lucic-Krejci-Horton
Recchi-Bergeron-Seguin
Wheeler-Colborne/Hamill-Ryder
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Seidenberg
Boychuk-Stuart
Ference-Hunwick

Rask
Thomas

Tim Thomas did not play during the scrimmage today. It remains to be seen when he'll see game action during the preseason.

Also notable was a quote by David Krejci yesterday (Hat tip to Joe Haggerty at CSN New England)

"I don't want to be [answering questions] about filling in for somebody's spot," said Krejci without anger or much in the way of emotion. "I want to be the guy in the first spot. I want to be the guy playing first [line] center. I don't like these answers, though, you know? [Savard] is not here, so I'm playing here. When he comes back we'll see what happens."

"I want to be that guy. When [Savard] comes back, if he's better than me then I've just got to take it and move down, you know," said Krejci. "But I want to play [on the top line] and that's just the way it is. I can talk about if I'm ready all that I want, but it's the real games that are coming up that are going to show it. I believe I can, and we'll just wait and see what happens."

7 Comments

George Prax's picture

I'd say that's a pretty good line-up. Krejci on a top line could work out pretty damn well, he'd be well insulated if that ends up being the line-up. Going to be interesting to see if that top six can bounce back from a horrendous offensive season.

Wally Brennan's picture

Well, Lucic can't possibly be worse than he was; remember he suffered a broken finger and then a high ankle sprain, so he was never healthy last season. Ryder is on a contract year, and Wheeler is coming off a sophomore season that saw regression rather than improvement. The addition of Horton can only help. Things are looking up -- that is if you take the optimistic view

SloweVechkin's picture

Savard from a distance has always seemed like a really good guy, but I get the sense he's not as appreciated in the room as it may seem. Is that true? Chara and Seidenburg looks like a tremendous shut-down pair, but I'm not sold on the rest of the defensive lineup. Wouldn't it be better to split them and spread the wealth a bit?