B's take new line combos for a spin in Minnesota; Krug at LW
For the first time practically all year, coach Claude Julien and the Bruins decided to switch things up a bit in the lineup versus the Wild.
Krug spent his time on the fourth line with Campell and Thornton (helmet, top left) (via ESPN.com)
With David Krejci getting the night off for rest, those changes saw:
Milan Lucic playing the left wing with Carl Soderberg at center and Loui Eriksson on the right.
Chris Kelly sliding back over from the wing to center on the third line with Danny Paille on the left and Jordan Caron on the right.
In probably the coolest and most interesting one all game, Torey Krug skated on the fourth-line with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton.
Corey Potter was paired with Matt Bartkowski on the second D-pairing.
Certainly some interesting little tweaks put on by Claude and the B's. However, I'm trying not to get too excited about the Krug experiment on the fourth line, as I think this was just a matter of Claude plugging the hole for one particular game and seeing how things worked out.
Krug skated to the tune of 13:48, second most on the line behind Campbell. When Krug came out of the woodwork last year and surprised us all, there was the conversation of playing him as forward due to his incredible skill and small size. But we had yet to see that this year until last night, and I have to think it might be the last time. Maybe Claude will play him on the fourth line again in the last three regular season games, but when the playoffs come around in a week's time, expect Krug to be back on defense.
For all the hope and promise we have with Krug's ability, we have Jordan Caron. Caron managed to record the least time on ice at 11:14 yet be the only Bruin with a minus-2 on the night. Caron has skated in 32 games this year and recorded 2 points (1G, 1A). He was on the ice for the game-tying goal by Suter in the third for some unknown reason.
I don't understand just what the Bruins are trying to get out of Caron at this point. Last week they called up Ryan Spooner on an emergency basis and ended up not using him at all. They have yet to call up another forward from Providence to take the place of Caron, who brings nothing to the table for the Bruins. The Curious Case of Jordan Caron indeed.