Boychuk won't play tonight vs. Leafs

BOSTON – Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien said Monday that defenseman Johnny Boychuk will not play tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He remains day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

As a result of Boychuk’s absence, Matt Bartkowski will play his second consecutive game.

Boychuk, who was seen Sunday afternoon limping out of the Garden, has not been on skates since last Friday’s practice in Ottawa. The Bruins did not have a morning skate Monday.

Bartkowski, who was recalled Friday from Providence, played 13:05 and was a minus-2 during Saturday’s loss to the Leafs. Even though he struggled at the start, he finished the game strong and Julien believes the young defenseman is not a liability.

Since fellow blueliner Adam McQuaid is already sidelined with a shoulder injury, veteran Aaron Johnson has been in the mix the last two games. During Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Maple Leafs in Toronto, Johnson logged a total of 19:13 of ice time.

“He’s come into our lineup, a guy who hasn’t played much, and at first it’s not an easy thing to step into when you haven’t played much, but he’s been fine,” Julien said. “He’s a guy who’s played in this league and has experience.”