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Chara and Seidenberg split up at practice

May 29, 2013, 11:52 AM EDT

Dennis Seidenberg #44 of the Boston Bruins shoots before scoring in the third period against the Ottawa Senators during the game on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Yesterday, they were together at practice.

Today, Bruins defensemen Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg were split up.

It’s all part of Boston’s preparation for the Pittsburgh Penguins, a team that features two of the most dangerous offensive weapons in the game — Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin — each of whom center a different top line.

It’s been widely assumed that Bruins coach Claude Julien will deploy Chara and Seidenberg against the trio of Malkin, James Neal and Jarome Iginla.

Boston’s other top pairing of Johnny Boychuk and Matt Bartkowskiplus the Patrice Bergeron line up front — would then be assigned to Crosby, Chris Kunitz, and Pascal Dupuis.

But it’s also possible Julien may go with the defensive pairings he had today at practice:

Chara-Boychuk
Bartkowski-Seidenberg
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

“Maybe it’s pairing, maybe it’s separating,” Julien said earlier this week. “We’ll have something in mind by the time the first game comes around.”

That first game is Saturday in Pittsburgh.

  1. ironmike778 - May 29, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    They have their hands full, that’s for sure. Come on B’s, get er done!

  2. drewsylvania - May 29, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Versatility is going to be the key to any B’s series win.

  3. nunan - May 29, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    I heard they tried a bunch of different combos..I’m all for keeping these two together for Malkin line and then using Bergeron line (with Seguin) to try and offset Crosby line…at least at first…then see how things evolve.

  4. lostpuppysyndrome - May 29, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    In all seriousness, I can’t remember the last time I was this excited to watch a matchup between 2 teams I don’t normally care about. Should be good!

  5. jpelle82 - May 29, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    i think home ice will make a big difference for last change and these matchups. kind of a pick your poison playing against the pens but the islanders played them pretty well working off of a scheme rather than matchups necessarily. they were trapping the neutral zone and preventing the stretch passes and exits for the pens – created quite a few turnovers from letang, malkin – got some goals off of them too. pens were able to adjust eventually but the islanders got a couple w’s and kept it somewhat close until game 6.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 29, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      I think the Islanders were complete overmatched from Game 1 though. I think the Bruins are one of the deepest, if not the deepest, team in the league but I could be blinded by rampant homerism.

      • jpelle82 - May 29, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        what i was getting at was it doesnt really matter who you have on your team, you cant leave him one on one with crosby or malkin so matchups will eventually be in the penguins favor especially at home. coaching and adjustments will be the difference and julien does a great job in game at doing those things so we will see how he plays it. they will have to come up with something other than splitting up chara and seidenberg though, seidenberg will get worn down quickly.

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