Stanley Cup Final, Game 3: Bruins to keep same lines from end of Game 2

Bruce Bennett

Head coach Claude Julien is expected to keep his line combinations together for the start of Game 3.

The Stanley Cup Final will experience a change of pace on Monday night, when the NHL's championship premieres in Boston for Game 3. While the setting might be altered, the Boston Bruins won't be.

Coming off an overtime victory in Game 2, head coach Claude Julien will ice the same lineup for Game 3 that he ended the previous contest with. That, at least, appears to be what the coach plans to do based upon morning skate combinations on Monday morning.

Daniel Paille and Tyler Seguin will be centered by Chris Kelly, while the first line of David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton will remain intact. Brad Marchand, Jaromir Jagr and Patrice Bergeron will remain together, while Kaspars Daugavins will join Rich Peverley and Shawn Thornton.

Previously, Julien had experimented with Kelly on the fourth line after the injury to Gregory Campbell in the Eastern Conference Final. However, he made an in-game adjustment that paired Kelly with Paille and Seguin. The grouping proved to be productive, supplying the entirety of the team's scoring in Game 2. This likely made it an easy decision to keep the pairings together, at least, to start Game 3.

The team's defense pairings will also remain unchanged. Dennis Seidenberg will play with Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference will be paired with Johnny Boychuk and Adam McQuaid is partnered with Torey Krug.

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