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Bruins confirm Daugavins in for Campbell; Kelly likely to center Merlot Line

Jun 7, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Boston head coach Claude Julien has figured out how to replace Gregory Campbell in the lineup for Friday’s Game 4 against the Penguins.

Kaspars Daugavins — who hasn’t played since Game 1 of the Toronto series — will draw into the lineup, Julien confirmed.

Based on the morning skate, the 25-year-old Latvian will play on a line with center Rich Peverley and winger Tyler Seguin, while Chris Kelly skated in Campbell’s place on the “Merlot Line” between Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille.

Daugavins’ insertion is a story, but it’ll be more interesting to see how Boston’s fourth line reacts to the loss of Campbell.

The 29-year-old was in the midst of an excellent playoff, scoring 3G-4A-7PTS in 15 games, sitting third among all forwards in hits (35) while winning over 50 percent of his draws.

The line had combined for 16 points this postseason and had developed some serious chemistry over the last three seasons, allowing head coach Claude Julien to confidently roll all four lines throughout the game.

Which is probably why Julien decided to drop Kelly — a more natural center — down to the Merlot Line, rather than drop Daugavins down (he’s a left winger).

  1. nunan - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Paille was never going to move to center. As for the new lines, I really like the fourth line. I think Kelly brings a lot of the same attributes as Campbell and he’s fast. I like him with Paille. They’re both defensively minded, fast, physical players. Very similar. The third line is a question mark. I have no idea what to expect from Daugavins. They only thing I can say for sure that I do like is Peverley at center. That guy has a ton of skill but for whatever reason, he has struggled all year. I think a move to center may help him out.

    • mgp1219 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      Well said, nunan.

  2. cliverush - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Would like to see Seguin play the role of pest of PK in place of Campbell. His speed on skates will help.

    • mgp1219 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      I’d like to see Seguin do something. I’ll give him this…he played a strong defensive game in game 1, but other than that he is back to his same lack of production.

  3. dropthepuckeh - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    3rd line has been such an albatross all year that it can really only go up. You might make the argument that it’s time to reunite Seguin with Marchand and Bergeron and allow Jagr to play with Pevs and Daug. That second line was so good for so much of the year it would be great to get that magic back. Either way I think Daugavins is a good substitute and will hopefully have some extra energy for the PK.

  4. dboldave - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    That third line hasn’t done much during the playoffs so I’m not overly worried about them producing at this point. To me, anything the third line can do is just gravy.

  5. amityvillefun - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Seguin on penalty kill makes sense. Give him a chance to act like Bergeron. :)

    • bakedbees - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      A chance to act like Bergy and excelling like Bergy are two very different things.

    • dropthepuckeh - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      I’d be happy if Seguin could act like Kelly and Kelly has been horrible this season. No chance Seguin develops into a Bergy. There is only one Bergeron. Seguin has been a massive disappointment given the expectations. Never would have thought Marchand would be so much more effective than Seguin when they joined the Bruins….

      • pepper2011 - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        He’s still young. Don’t write him off yet. His attitude has been great considering the treatment he has received (not in a bad way) They are trying to turn him into Yzerman and not alexander mogilny. They are making him play D and grind; it’s good; its just not as flashy. He hasn’t been putting up offensive numbers but he hasn’t been a liability. He is still only 21. Tarensko and Hall are the only other players from that draft who have really done anything. He’s not been as good offensively has hall, but he is also much better defensively and is a strengthening his shortcomings. He offensive is there. We had kessel and traded him, I think they are trying to avoid having another won.

        he had 25 hits this year in 48 games. Last year in a full season he had 26. He also started off real slow and still ended up tied for 3rd in scoring on the B’s. Tied with Bergeron, one point behind Krejci and four points behind Marchand. He was 2nd of the team in goals. He led the team in shots.

        His weakness is his D and puck battles. He is 100X better than he was the last two years, His offensive has taken a hit, but I am not at all worried about him being able to pick up points moving forward in his career.

        I can only assume the extension was so he could focus the things he needed to improve, so he wouldn’t be worried about not getting paid cause he wasn’t putting up monster offensive numbers.

        He has been playing with Kelly and peverley who have a COMBINED 1 goal and are -10. Seguin has 1g 3a and is only a -1.

        I see more positive than negative.

  6. pepper2011 - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Marchand is also four years older, and spent a year in a half in providence.

    His attitude has always been team first; that impresses me more than anything. No complaining, and everything is about how he needs to keep working. It would be very easy for the #2 overall pick and “Sure thing” to have had a entitlement tantrum. He hasn’t and I think that shows more than his lack of offense. Lucic and Horton showed up this year; they don’t need to rely on him. I agree though now would be a perfect time for him to have that “a-ha” moment.

  7. ct14flyers - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Seguin is really young. He started in the league young and will have plenty of growing pains. After last year’s playoffs Flyers fans really thought that Couturier would better than Bergeron, which wasn’t going to happen. But he had a really solid year. Seguin played well with Berg and Marchand but his struggles without them are pretty normal I think. I still believe he will win at least one Hart Trophy, he has that much game.

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