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Rich Peverley Could Return to the Bruins Lineup Sunday

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The Boston Bruins have been without the services of Rich Peverley since February 17. Peverley suffered a knee injury and is returning to action faster than expected.  Before Saturday night’s game against the Los Angeles Kings, Peverley participated in pre game warm ups, but did not play. There is a chance that he will play Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks.

Where Will Peverley Fit Back into the Lineup?

We had seen Peverley playing with Chris Kelly and Benoit Pouliot this season, and also with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Kelly, Pouliot, and Brian Rolston are the new third line and recently have been playing excellent hockey.  If Claude Julien likes the new third line, it would make sense to slide Peverley back on a line with Bergeron and Marchand.

Reuniting that line would mean David Krejci, Milan Lucic, and Tyler Seguin would be put back  together. That line saw great offensive success but not a lot of defensive success.

  • Lucic-Krejci-Seguin
  • Marchand-Bergeron-Peverley
  • Pouliot-Kelly-Rolston
  • Paille-Campbell-Thornton

That is what I think the lines will look like when Peverley returns.

The Odd Man Out

Of course with a player returning to the line up another play has to leave the line up. With the lines that I think Julien will use, Jordan  Caron could be the thirteenth forward for the playoff run. There is a chance that either Pouliot or Rolston could see some healthy scratches as well.

Pouliot and Rolston have gotten hot in the past few games and Caron is cooling off after a string of great games. There is still the possibility that more injuries could happen or Julien could look to rest some guys before the playoffs. Whoever the odd man out is will have to be ready to play and be productive.

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