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Savard on line with Sobotka, Ryder

WILMINGTON — The question as to which line Marc Savard [1] would play on upon his return from a Grade 2 concussion has been at least partially answered from the practice lines coach Claude Julien [2] put out at Ristuccia Arena on Wednesday morning. Savard was wearing a white sweater along with Vladimir Sobotka and Michael Ryder [3]. From these initial lines it looks like Sobotka has been taken from the center position to the wing with Savard, although, as always, lines are subject to change.

Patrice Bergeron [4] was wearing yellow along with Mark Recchi [5] and Marco Sturm [6] while David Krejci [7] was in gray with Milan Lucic [8] and Miroslav Satan. The brick-colored sweaters were occupied by Blake Wheeler [9], Steve Begin, Daniel Paille [10], Trent Whitfield, Brad Marchand [11] and Shawn Thornton [12]. The red sweater represents a line demotion for Wheeler, who registered two assists in Game 2 of the quarterfinals against the Sabres and was minus-1 in the six games. The groupings among the red have Begin with Wheeler and Paille and Whitfield, Marchand and Thornton occupying what could be called a “fifth” line.

The defensive pairings have Zdeno Chara [13] with Johnny Boychuk [14], Matt Hunwick with Dennis Wideman [15], Andrew Ference [16] with Adam McQuaid and Jeffrey Penner with Andrew Bodnarchuk. Tim Thomas [17] and Tuukka Rask [18] are on the ice while Dany Sabourin is still with the team as a third goaltender.