B’s shake up lines for tonight

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How have the Bruins reacted to dropping Thursday’s game to the Canadiens? Well, they’re not happy. Claude Julien called it “the worst-executed game from the second period on that we’ve played this year,” and has juggling his lines for tonight, reuniting David Krejci, Milan Lucic, and Nathan Horton as his top trio. Julien also moved winger Tyler Seguin onto the line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Chris Kelly, Jordan Caron and Rich Peverley.

“What would you expect me to do?’’ Julien rhetorically asked reporters after Boston’s practice on Friday. “It’s a simple answer. It’s a coach just trying to find solutions. It’s as simple as that.

“You can look at it whichever way you want. Some of it is, ‘Hey, will bringing guys back together help?’ Who knows? If it doesn’t, I’m telling you right now, you’re going to see changes again.’’

Lucic, Krejci and Horton formed the B’s top line from last season and played together for three games at the start of this campaign. But, Lucic was pointless in those games and the three that followed and, as The Boston Globe reported, Horton had only one shot on goal in his first 43:50 of ice time. Krejci, the line’s catalyst, has been slowed by injuries. Julien was not accepting excuses, however.

“You’re talking to the wrong guy about excuses, because there are none,’’ Julien said. “We’re not going to sit here and pretend that we have reasons and excuses, because we don’t. I don’t want us to be that way. I want us to take responsibility for what’s happening and I want us to accept the criticism that’s rightfully coming our way. And when you admit and realize, that’s when you get better.’’

Former Hab Benoit Pouliot did not practice with the Bruins yesterday because of illness and his status for tonight is uncertain. He’s scoreless in eight games for Boston and is a minus-3. He was on the ice for Eric Cole’s tying goal on Thursday and played only 8:59. If he doesn’t go, Caron will take his spot.

Brad Marchand said he isn’t expecting a rematch with P.K. Subban tonight. “That stuff happens during the course of the game and I’m not going to hold grudges and I don’t think he’s going to,’’ Marchand told reporters Friday. “It happened, it’s over with, now we move on and concentrate on winning.’’

This will be only the third road game of the year for the Bruins, having played seven at home. They split those games, losing to Carolina 3-2 but beating the Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout.

The poor start and their bad game on Thursday will likely make the B’s a snarly group tonight. At 3-6-0, the Bruins are already assured of having the worst record through 10 games of the 17 defending champs since 1994, according to John Kreiser of NHL.com. Their 10th game is tonight’s in Montreal. “Prior to this season, only two champs — the 1994 Rangers and 2007 Ducks — had sub-.500 records after 10 games; both went 4-5-1,” Kreiser wrote. “The 2006 Carolina Hurricanes were 4-4-2; every other team had more than a point a game and 11 of the 16 took home at least 60 percent of the available points, with the 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins leading the way at 9-1-0.”

This is the worst start by the Bruins since 1999-2000, when they went winless through their first nine games. They finished last in the Northeast Division that year.

The Boston power play, which was atrocious during the playoffs, and not great during the regular season last year, is still sputtering. They are 5-for-37, 13.5 percent and have yet to score with the man advantage in either of their two games on the road this season. Overall, they rank 24th in the NHL on the power play, compared to the Canadiens 4-for-49, 10.3 percent which ranks 27th. They are better than Montreal on the penalty kill as well, killing 29 of 32 (88.6 percent, 6th in the NHL), while the Habs have killed 37 of 45 (82.2 percent, 18th in the NHL).

It’s possible Tuukka Rask will start in goal tonight for the B’s. Here’s how they practiced on Friday.

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jordan Caron-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Tim Thomas

24 Comments

  1. Everlasting1 says:

    Congrats to the St.Louis Cardinals, now take Lord Stanley.

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    “And the LORD our God delivered him before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people. And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain.” – Deuteronomy 2:33

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  2. WindsorHab-10 says:

    If you look up the meaning of “full of crap”, Claude Julien’s picture will pop up. Never liked this bum, he’s full of excuses and the only reason they won the cup is Thomas & getting away with cheap/dirty nonsense throughout the playoffs. I don’t want us beating them tonight, I want us burrying those Bastards.

    “Hate Bruins like a sickness”

  3. HabinBurlington says:

    So I am going to assume that JM believes in keeping lineups identical if you win. Therefore if we win 9-8 tonight as the Jets did to Philly, the 8 goals surrendered would mean sweet dick all and we would be encouraged that giving up 8 goals in a loss is a good thing.

    I will beat a dead horse, when does Emelin get a chance, and what did he do wrong in the games played prior? I am not picking on any of the current 6 dmen, but rather asking what was it he did wrong and while he would be a spoiled brat to leave cuz of a few healthy scratches, if he is scratched for a week or more straight he would have the right to ask why.

  4. Psycho29 says:

    A classic line from Mike Boone’s article about the economy and Bruins’ fans travelling here for the game:

    “A Boston supporter may decide to sacrifice little Jimmy’s math tutoring and electrolysis for the Mrs. in favour of a bus ticket and a seat at the 400 level.”

    Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Boston+Bruins+fans+feeling+pinch/5626180/story.html#ixzz1cCElu4Lh

  5. Are these the lines and D pairings for tonights game according to TSN?

    Forwards:
    Pacioretty – Plekanec – Gionta
    Cammalleri – Desharnais – Cole
    Moen – Eller – Kostitsyn
    Darche – Nokelainen – Blunden

    Defence:
    Gorges – Subban
    Gill – Diaz
    Spacek – Weber

    Goaltenders:
    Price
    Budaj

  6. sims says:

    i have a dilemma…who would you start tonight: hedberg or roloson??

  7. HNS says:

    Three losers, no waiting……..

  8. deuce6 says:

    Here’s a news flash for ya, Julien..It wasn’t your line combos that lost the game, it was Carey Price stoning everything you threw at him…Makes no difference who you like to mix, if Carey plays like he has been, we will win again..

    You have to love Claude, though, the way he never gives anyone kudos for beating his team..It ALWAYS has to do with his team not executing or playing bad…Always an excuse..

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    Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

  9. GenerationYHabs says:

    I wonder if Thomas will be able to unwedge the horseshoe to give to Rask in time for the game tonight?

  10. piper says:

    Emelin must play tonight. Give one of the little Swiss fellas a rest.
    Give Gill a rest too and call up Henry.

    • Jocko says:

      Amen. The check that Weber put on Lucic (I think), where Lucic was doing down the left wing was pathetic. It was not solid and Lucic just kept going. emelin would have decked him, and I am confident in that because Emelin is meaner. Put him in and let him play with Gorges, who would be the best option to cover up for any mistakes Emelin may make going for the big hit. That is why i think Emelin should get playing time with Markov when he comes back. I mean look at what he did for Komisarek

      I don’t want to see Maurice tonight, I want to see The Rocket!

    • mongoose says:

      Great idea and what about Zack Fitzgerald ? He hits hard and will drop them win or lose with anyone.

      Toronto Maple leaf fans and ignorance walk hand in hand in the land of stupidity

    • CharlieHodgeFan says:

      Well the Bruins will want to hit anything that moves tonight, and that would leave Henry safe.
      I’d like to see Emelin back in soon though. I think the point has been made.

    • HabCez says:

      Same here.. Emelin a lot more physical.. more defensively sound then Web or Diaz.. (breakaways,out of position)
      doubt he will play though..

      wondering if they gonna shop web or diaz around or even spatz when markov comes back.. cause 2 of our D is gonna have to sit out or moved back to the farm..

      we were very fortunate the last two games.. the first periods we out worked and out gunned yet survived..
      price played well after those 1st periods..

      didnt expect Spatz to play well when he got back.. but he has been steady although still not a physical presence..

      i think the bruins gonna go after our D tonight.. and i hope Price is still on his game.. more so on the first period..
      Plz no “COOL Carey”


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