Claude Julien made some interesting last-minute lineup decisions before last night’s 2-1 win over the Senators.
First, the close call was made to let a less-than-100 percent David Krejci return to the lineup. But then Julien also opted to keep rookie center Ryan Spooner in the lineup — and scratch veteran Rich Peverley.
This was not about Spooner being a hometown hero who got to fulfill a lifelong dream and play his first game in Scotiabank Place.
“We’re not into doing anybody favors here,” said Julien, explaining the real reasons Spooner was in and Peverley sat. “I really felt that (Spooner) played well enough (in Winnipeg on Tuesday) that he deserved another look.
“And it’s obvious to everyone that Rich has been struggling a little bit. Sometimes you’ve got to make those kind of decisions, hoping that it maybe gives him the jolt to get himself going. We need Rich Peverley. He’s a good player, but he hasn’t been able to find his game so far this year to what he can be.
“As a coach you make those kind of decisions, hoping at the end it’s the right one to help the player and the team.”
Krejci admitted he was not 100 percent healed from the bruised knee he suffered when he was struck by a Johnny Boychuk shot Sunday.
“I felt good (yesterday) morning, and I was hoping after my nap I would be feeling better. It was really a gametime decision,” said Krejci, who registered three shots, three blocks and one hit in his 19:39 of ice time.
“The trainers did a good job. They got me ready. I felt I could help the team. It’s still sore. This kind of injury is going to be sore for a little bit. It’s getting better.”
Krejci returns, Spooner stays put
Boston Herald | Mar 22