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Lucic could be healthy scratch

Apr 18, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

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Milan Lucic, healthy scratch? That could be the case Friday when Boston hosts Pittsburgh.

Or maybe that’s just what Bruins head coach Claude Julien wants Lucic to think.

Per, Lucic was skating on the “fifth line” today at practice.

Lucic played just 10:53 last night on the fourth line against the Sabres — a demotion for which the 24-year-old is taking full responsibility.

“There are no excuses and there’s nobody to blame but myself,” he said. “I know I can still be a big part of this team and it all comes down to me.”

Lucic has six goals and 18 assists in 41 games. He starts a new, three-year contract next season that will pay him an average annual salary of $6 million.

You’ll recall that the Bruins’ search for a top-six winger prior to the trade deadline (they ended up getting Jaromir Jagr after failing to land Jarome Iginla) was in large part due to the struggles of Lucic, as well as Nathan Horton.

Julien also has Carl Soderberg at his disposal now.

At today’s practice, left-winger Dan Paille was skating on the second line with David Krejci in the middle and Horton on the right side.

Soderberg was playing the left side on the third line with center Chris Kelly and Jagr on the right.

Boston has just two wins in its last six games.

  1. stratomaticfan - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Claude has totally screwed them up with all of these line changes. Maybe if he stuck with something for a few games, linemates could develop some chemistry. It’s not wonder they can’t get anything going offensively.

    • nunan - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      the lines were consistent early in the season and they weren’t working. Lucic and Horton have struggled all year and the third line was incredibly bad to start. Everyone wanted different lines so eventually that’s what we got. Then injuries started to happen. I think CJ has tried hard to stick with what works but it got to the point where changes needed to be made. I wouldn’t be surprised if they eventually work back to the original lines in time.

    • jeff2000m - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      Obviously u havent watched the bruins all season

    • dboldave - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      Stratomaticfan, have you watched the Bruins at all this season? The Krejci-Horton-Lucic line was not broken up until recently despite Horton and Lucic sucking all season long.

    • sabatimus - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      Um, this is the best thing to happen to Lucic. He wasn’t demoted for a LONG time, and then finally Claude shows he’s had enough of Lucic’s poor play. As have I. He’s one of my favorite Bruins but he is absolutely not cutting the mustard this season.

  2. nunan - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    I really like Lucic. He’s a force when he’s playing well. Something is clearly wrong though so I hope taking a seat will eventually help him recover. Anytime the schedule is a busy one, like this season or the playoffs, he seems to struggle.

  3. canucks30 - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    If they don’t want him, we’ll take him.

    • nunan - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      They want him..don’t worry.

      • canucks30 - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        For all the animosity between the Bruins and Canucks and everything that happened before, during, and after that series, Canucks fans still gave Lucic a standing ovation when lifting the Cup:

        Did the same for Cam Neely.

        Also did the same when Joe Sakic scored his 500th goal here and when Scott Niedermayer lead team Canada to Olympic Gold as team captain.

        We never forget one of our own.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      I’d trade him and that contract in a heartbeat

  4. chanceoffleury1 - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    What’s happening in the Northeast? They were by far the strongest division a month ago. Boston, Ottawa, and Montreal have all doubled their entire season’s losses in the last 10 games. Not the time to slump. Could mean good things for Toronto and the Isles though. I hope Boston especially comes back strong for the playoffs. They need something to lift the city after the last few days events.

  5. jaybird22seven - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Lucic time in Boston is coming to an end. He is due for some new scenery to help out his game. He doesn’t look like he wants to be in Boston anymore.

    • scalfor3 - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      I’d love for them to ship him out, but who the hell would trade for him on that contract?

  6. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    This is going to make Mongo angry….

    Actually if they were going to sit him to ‘prove a point’, this is a good game to do it. The approach they were taking vs. the Pens hasn’t quite been working (I know, I know, last time they had played the previous night), so why not shake it up a bit and see if it helps…gad forbid they meet in the playoffs. Why not…two birds, one stone.

  7. prosportswashington - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    The Bruins are still pretty stacked with goalscoring ability, they are just in a funk. As a caps fan I know what that looks like because I have to watch it all the time (until recently)

  8. wisdomnfl - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Look forward to the game. Pens fans are with Boston and the city, best wishes and hope they find these people very soon.

  9. hockeyflow33 - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    It’s about time.

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