Milan Lucic suspended for last nights cross check to Maxim Lapierre's head.
Expect Byron Bitz to play for Lucic and this will change the way Claude Julien sets up his four lines. Bitz has been a healthy scratch for both home games and I would guess he will play on a line with Stephan Yelle and Shawn Thornton. This change would move Blake Wheeler up from the 4th line to play with old linemates David Krejci and Michael Ryder.
My guess is the lineup will look like this:
Savard between Kessel & Axelsson
Bergeron between Kobasew & Recchi
Krejci between Ryder & Wheeler
Yelle between Bitz & Thornton
I'd expect the defense to stay the same
Chara/Ward, Montador/Wideman, Stuart/Hnidy
I'd be SHOCKED not to see Thomas in net.
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