Lindholm slots in on the top defensive pairing with Charlie McAvoy. While this looks to be where Bruce Cassidy expects him, Cassidy also said yesterday he wants to also see how Lindholm pairs with Brandon Carlo at some point in case that becomes an option for the postseason.
With the addition of the new defenseman, Mike Reilly will be the odd-man out. Derek Forbort and Connor Clifton round out the third pairing.
Patrice Bergeron also remains sidelined for his fourth consecutive game with an elbow infection that needed surgery. Bergeron was deemed ‘probable’ for tonight’s game, but he did not get the clear this morning.
Jack Studnicka will center the top line again in Bergeron’s absence. In two games since March 18, he’s registered one assist.
Here’s how the lineup is projected to look:
Brad Marchand - Studnicka - Jake DeBrusk
Taylor Hall - Erik Haula - David Pastrnak
Trent Frederic - Charlie Coyle - Craig Smith
Nick Foligno - Tomas Nosek - Curtis Lazar
Lindholm - McAvoy
Matt Grzelcyk - Carlo
Forbort - Clifton
Jeremy Swayman gets the start in net