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Ryder riding shotgun on the first line

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Last year, the Bruins gave up on the Savard-Ryder combo very early in the season, but after a disappointing start to the '09-'10 campaign, Claude Julien might shuffles lines and bring Michael Ryder back up to the first line. Ryder skated on the first line today at practice, occupying the right wing spot alongside Marc Savard and Marco Sturm, who shifts back to his normal left wing position. Milan Lucic dropped back down to the second line and Blake Wheeler shifted over to the right wing.

Marco Sturm - Marc Savard - Michael Ryder
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Blake Wheeler
Mark Recchi - Patrice Bergeron - Chuck Kobasew
Shawn Thornton - Steve Begin - Byron Bitz 

Zdeno Chara - Derek Morris
Andrew Ference - Matt Hunwick
Mark Stuart - Johnny Boychuk

"When he works hard he creates chances and when he works hard he's strong on the puck. And with Sturmy with speed and then Savvy. You know, we hope that somehow something can come out of that. Just trying to tweak it a little bit and see what comes out of those combinations." 

- Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien after today's practice on Michael Ryder being moved up to the first line