Tuesday, February 3, 2009

No Brads Tonight

Coach Bruce Boudreau has announced that Matt Bradley will be a healthy scratch tonight, for the sake of giving him a night off to rest. The move is a bit surprising, since New Jersey plays such a physical game and Brads is part of the energy line. He'll certainly be in fine form for the home games on Thursday and Saturday.

Coach Boudreau also declined to identify the planned line combinations, so as not to give his opponent any advance information to work with, but he did say they would be different from last Sunday's game against Ottawa. I wouldn't expect any radical changes, though; moving C Nicklas Backstrom and LW/RW Alexander Semin to new lines and different combinations seemed to be pretty effective. It will be interesting to see if they stay that way.


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