First, the coach said, he sought to make sure that second-line center
After that, Boudreau speculated a line of Rakell with Sekac and Etem made sense because of common traits.
"A little something to prove, a lot of energy, good speed -- it adds a lot of speed to our lineup," Boudreau said.
Since his acquisition from the
"It's been working out real well so far. [Sekac] can do it all, I like the way we're connecting," Rakell said. "Skilled player. Likes to hang on to the puck and make things happen. If he can be a skilled guy with that technique, it's going to open up more space for me and 'Emmer.' "
Rakell said the common bond helps, as do the youthful legs. The line posted two takeaways in beating
In that 3-1 win, Rakell watched Sekac hit imposing Montreal defender
"Jiri beat Subban back to the net and I got position in net [to score]," Rakell said. "If he wouldn't have done that, we wouldn't have scored."
VATANEN, BELESKEY ON TRIP: Boudreau said he expects defenseman
Newly acquired defenseman
GOALIE PLAN: Boudreau joked “a coin” will determine whether
Andersen matched the
Andersen was first off the ice at Friday’s practice, so he’s expected to start Friday night against the
"We'll just go and alternate for a while to get Freddie back into it," Boudreau said. "Gibby was strong. This is a time, we play every second day starting [Sunday]. They'll get their equal fair share until April, and then we'll see what happens then."