Ahead of a quick two-game road trip to the southeastern U.S., the Boston Bruins made a few tweaks to their forward group.
The Bruins will get fourth-line winger Curtis Lazar back for the first time this season for Wednesday night's contest against the unbeaten Florida Panthers (5-0-0), a move which will shift center Jack Studnicka up to the second line between Taylor Hall and Charlie Coyle.
"I can't wait to be a part of it, playing with two veterans wingers," said Studnicka, a second-round draft pick of the Bruins in 2017. "They know how to produce in this league. Hopefully I'll be solid defensively for them and hopefully things go well."
Studnicka, 22, made his season debut for the B's in Sunday's 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks, winning 4 of 8 faceoffs in 11:10 of ice time. He has one goal and three assists over 23 games since debuting for Boston in the 2019-20 season.
Lazar, acquired by the Bruins along with Hall from the Buffalo Sabres last spring, has been battling an elbow injury which nearly required surgery. In 17 regular season games after being acquired from Buffalo, Lazar had two goals and two assists. He added one assist in 10 playoff games.
In addition to the shuffling up front, Linus Ullmark will make his third straight start in goal for the Bruins. He's 2-0 with a 2.00 goals against average and a .935 save percentage with wins over the Sharks and his former team, the Sabres.
Boston (3-1-0) will be attempting to win its third straight game against an unbeaten opponent in the Panthers and will have a chance to tomorrow night as well against the Carolina Panthers (5-0-0) before returning home Saturday for another game against Florida. Jeremy Swayman, who went 1-1 in the first two games of the season for the B's in goal, will start Thursday in Carolina.