CHICAGO -- It’s not known at this point whether Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien will tweak his lineup for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night at United Center, but he did have forward Carl Soderberg skating with the team’s fourth line during practice on Friday in Boston.
After Gregory Campbell was lost for the remainder of the season with a broken right fibula, Julien has had to change his bottom two lines for the finals. While the third unit of Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin has been effective, fourth-liners Kaspars Daugavins, Rich Peverley and Shawn Thornton haven’t seen a lot of ice time.
“Obviously, I was on that line but I haven’t talked to coach yet, so I don’t know what’s happening [Saturday],” Soderberg said. “I’ve been practicing for a long time now, so I feel ready. I’m a big guy and can protect the puck. I can get it deep and go from there.”
Since arriving in Boston late in the season after completing the year with his Swedish Elite League team, the 6-foot-3, 198-pound forward played only six games for the Bruins during the regular season and posted two assists, including a minus-2.
"I’ve been here for 11 weeks now. I’m getting to know the system a lot. I haven’t played games in a while, but if I’m playing [Saturday], I think it’s gone well. I know everything.”
If Soderberg does replace Daugavins in the lineup, the Bruins have confidence in any player on the roster.
“We’ll see what the changes are going to be like,” said Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. “We have to wait and see, but we have confidence in every player we have.”
Since he’s been a healthy scratch the entire Stanley Cup playoffs, Soderberg has been enjoying the journey.
“It’s amazing to be here,” Soderberg said. “I love being here in Boston. Of course I want to play, but I haven’t done that yet. Hopefully tomorrow.”