In the regular season, the Boston Bruins’ offense was tied for second in the NHL in most goals scored per game (3.17). Through the first four games of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, though, they’ve managed to record only seven goals.
Of Boston’s top six forwards at the start of this series – Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Rich Peverley, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin – only Peverley has scored a goal against the Capitals. So with all that considered, it’s not too surprising that Coach Claude Julien shook up his line combinations ahead of Game 5.
“Making line changes, that’s a part of trying to find solutions and it’s as simple as that,” Julien told reporters in Boston Friday. “You’ve got to mix up guys who are not getting the results that we’d like to. So, you’re trying to make changes that will maybe spark that part of our game.”
In Boston’s Friday practice, here’s what the arrangements looked like:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Brian Rolston
Daniel Paille-Patrice Bergeron-Rich Peverley
Tyler Seguin-Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly
Brad Marchand-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Despite the lack of production from the players who carried the offense early on in the season, Julien didn’t want to single anyone out.
“I think as a team we’ve got to be better and there’s a lot of guys that can be better,” Julien said. “When your top scorers aren’t scoring there’s no doubt that, I guess, the attention goes their way. We certainly want those guys to produce but that’s what has to happen – we’ve got to be able to elevate our game. Some of those guys have to find their game and they’re all aware of that.”