Smith and Soderberg destined for third line duties

Chris Kelly, Carl Soderberg

The Boston Bruins practiced for the final time this preseason at TD Garden today before departing for the Great White North. They will be squaring off in a pair of tilts with the Winnipeg Jets this Thursday and Friday.

Boston’s final lineup seems to taking form. Wednesday’s practice session was rather telling as to what their opening night lineup card could look like. Claude Julien will likely want to simulate a regular season contest against the Jets with only two preseason games remaining

The much debated third line pairings might finally be ironed out. Reilly Smith and Carl Soderberg have played alongside Chris Kelly in two straight games now and again practiced alongside him Wednesday.

Ryan Spooner and Jordan Caron were paired together as extra forwards.

Dougie Hamilton also practiced alongside Johnny Boychuk. Matt Bartkowski was slated as the seventh defensemen.

Niklas Svedberg is expected to play Thursday’s game in its entirety and it will be a prime opportunity for him to prove to the coaching staff that he has what it takes to back up Tuukka Rask.

Rask is expected to start Friday’s game, as it will serve as one final tune up before the wins and losses begin to count.

Now obviously these line combinations are all subject to change, but at this point in the preseason the coaching staff has seen enough to pass judgment on who can do what and who will give the club the best chance to win.

Frank O’Laughlin – Senior Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

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