Sunday Skate: Finding linemates for rusty Johansson a tough task for Bruins

Matt Kalman
April 01, 2019 - 11:33 am

On Sunday, Ken Laird and Matt Kalman had another edition of Sunday Skate and a lot of the discussion focused on forward Marcus Johansson and his return to the lineup during the week after missing time with a bruised lung.

Johansson looked rusty and coach Bruce Cassidy was having a difficult time finding a line for the left-handed wing, who the Bruins acquired from New Jersey at the NHL trade deadline for a second- and a fourth-round pick.

Laird opined that Johansson’s failure to fit in could cost the Bruins.

“But there is a harm though. I mean you traded a second and a fourth, this was one of your big piece acquisitions at the deadline,” Laird said. “I’m not saying like, you look at Wayne Simmonds, he’s not lighting the world on fire in Nashville or anything like that. I guess [Mark] Stone is still the guy you would look to, I think he has four goals since joining Vegas. But you’d expect more than one assist in five games. He has like five shots on goal.”

Kalman wondered if the there was more to Johansson’s injury than just what was announced about his lung, which was injured in a massive hit from Carolina forward Micheal Ferland.

“Who know what that hit took out of him?” Kalman said.

Laird and Kalman also discussed other issues surrounding the Bruins’ lineup, Tuukka Rask’s play in net and the eventual matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs.

To listen to the entire episode, click the audio below:

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