The Bruins’ lineup will look a bit different tonight, mainly due to an absence: the team confirmed that Craig Smith will not play tonight, and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
It’s what many people feared may happen after Smith left Game 1 and didn’t return; it looks like whatever happened is nagging enough to keep him out of action.
As a result, Karson Kuhlman will draw in — but not in Smith’s spot.
Instead, the team is planning to bump Jake DeBrusk up to the second line to play on his off wing alongside David Krejci and Taylor Hall.
Kuhlman will instead play on the third line with Charlie Coyle and Nick Ritchie.
It’s fair to assume that these lines are fluid, as Bruce Cassidy is never hesitant to mix things up.
While I assumed that Cassidy would elect to put Kuhlman at 2RW, this set-up is intriguing: DeBrusk could bring some decent energy/hustle to that second line, while Kuhlman’s speed could mesh well with the heavier puck-possession type game on the third line.
Or it won’t work and we’ll pine for Craig Smith. Either way!
There are no changes on defense, with Matt Grzelcyk good to go.
Here’s what to expect:
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Taylor Hall - David Krejci - Jake DeBrusk
Nick Ritchie - Charlie Coyle - Karson Kuhlman
Sean Kuraly - Curtis Lazar - Chris Wagner
Matt Grzelcyk - Charlie McAvoy
Mike Reilly - Brandon Carlo
Jeremy Lauzon - Connor Clifton
For the Islanders, Oliver Wahlstrom still isn’t ready, so they’ll look the same..except (maybe) for in net?
Barry Trotz confirms it will be the same 18 skaters for #Isles tonight but no word on the starting goalie.— Andrew Gross (@AGrossNewsday) May 31, 2021
Also, poignant at the start, not in response to a question, talking about the meaning of Memorial Day
Two series in a row with the opposing coach playing a guessing game with his starting goalie. Good times.
See ya tonight!