Julien experiments with lines vs. Caps

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins will play their fifth of seven preseason games when they host the Washington Capitals on Monday night at TD Garden.

Now that the number of players has decreased during training camp, Bruins coach Claude Julien is getting a better idea of what his lineup could look like when Boston begins the regular season on Oct. 3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Julien says he wants to see forward Carl Soderberg play both the center and wing position, but it’s likely he will end up on the third line along with center Chris Kelly and winger Reilly Smith. That trio formed a line during the morning skate in preparation to face the Capitals.

“We’re just trying to assess what that may look like,” Julien said. “That line did its job [during Saturday’s 2-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings] and I thought at both ends of the ice they were good.”

At the start of camp, Soderberg worked as a center but now he’s on the left wing. Julien admitted that Soderberg could play some center in the last two preseason games.

Energy line center Gregory Campbell is not playing Monday night, as the Bruins would like to see Matt Lindblad in the middle between Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton. Also, Ryan Spooner will center Jordan Caron and Nick Johnson. Spooner is in a tough spot since all the center positions are locked up.

“Spoons sees what’s in front of him, but what Spoons has to do is control what he can control and that’s his game,” Julien said. “You’ve seen teams make room for players when they feel like it’s deemed, so he has to do the best he can here and impress us to the point where he makes us make a tough decision. Right now that’s what he’s doing and he’s got to keep doing that.”

Here’s the lineup tonight:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Jordan Caron-Ryan Spooner-Nick Johnson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Matt Lindblad-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Kevan Miller
Matt Bartkowksi-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Niklas Svedberg

* The Providence Bruins begin training camp today. There are 15 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders participating. Here is the roster:

Forwards: Anthony Camara, Scott Campbell, Carter Camper, Jack Downing, Alexander Fallstrom, Rob Flick, Justin Florek, Igor Gongalsky, Seth Griffith, Marc Hagel, Alexander Khokhlachev, Jared Knight, Tyler Murovich, Tyler Randell and Wayne Simpson.

Defensemen: Chris Casto, Tommy Cross, Guillaume Lepine, Joe Morrow, Issac Smeltzer, Steven Spinell, Zach Trotman, Luka Vidmar and Ben Youds.

Goalies: Adam Morrison, John Muse and Malcolm Subban.