With the Boston Bruins looking to change things up after an overtime loss in Game 4, head coach Claude Julien was looking at different options during the team’s skate on Friday as they look for answers. One of the boosts they need could come in the form of rookie forward Carl Soderberg, who played just six games this season.
According to reports, Soderberg skated on the fourth line with Rich Peverley and Shawn Thornton during the Bruins practice in an obvious sign that Julien is considering giving him playing time in Game 5.
Before the team prepared to leave for Chicago, Julien told reporters that he was just testing out some options, according to NHL.com’s Matt Kalman.
“Just trying something else here,” Julien said. “Again, I’ll make that decision [Saturday]. But just get a different look at what that would look like, that’s all.”
If Soderberg does get the call on Saturday night, it will be his first playoff appearance of his professional career.
During his previous six appearances, he had just two assists and no goals, but he could provide some energy for the Bruins thanks to his fresh legs while everyone else is wearing down from a series full of extra periods.