Since Tuesday’s acquisition of Jaromir Jagr and the confirmation yesterday that center Patrice Bergeron would be out indefinitely with a concussion, many wondered how Claude Julien and the Bruins would align the team’s top six forwards.
Thursday morning’s practice hinted at how that alignment would look later tonight against the New Jersey Devils, with Tyler Seguin shifting over to center on the second line to replace Bergeron and Jagr, making his Bruins debut, taking Seguin’s spot on the wing opposite Brad Marchand. Seguin hasn’t had much experience in the faceoff circle since graduating from the OHL to the NHL, but Julien appears confident that he can adjust using his prior experience at center.
On another note, Kaspars Daugavins visa has finally cleared and he’ll make his Bruins debut tonight as well, while Wade Redden (acquired at the trade deadline yesterday) is en route to the team but will not play tonight.
Here are the anticipated lines based on Thursday’s practice: