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).