WILMINGTON — Rookie winger Jordan Caron practiced with the second line on Wednesday after seeing some movement in and out of lines on the team’s recent European trip. The team departed for Belfast with Caron on the second line with Mark Recchi  and Patrice Bergeron , and after an inconsistent scrimmage against the Belfast Giants , he was moved into the third line mix with Daniel Paille , Tyler Seguin , and Michael Ryder .
Caron was a scratch for the season-opener on Saturday agains the Coyotes, but after Paille was among the players whom Claude Julien  described as playing “average” in the 5-2 loss, Caron played on Sunday on a revamped second line with Bergeron and Blake Wheeler . He logged a team-low 9:42 of ice time but appeared more confident and comfortable than in the Belfast scrimmage. Caron said on Wednesday that having to watch the first game from the stands motivated him even more to have an impressive showing on Sunday.
“I wanted to play the next game [while watching on Saturday], but there was nothing I could do about it. “‘¦ I was happy they put me in the lineup for the second game and [I feel] I had a good game, so we’ll what’s going to happen in the next game.”
Given that there were no extra forwards donning the yellow sweaters that signified second-liners, it’s a good sign for Caron at this point that he stands a good chance to play again on Saturday when the team takes on the Devils in New Jersey.