Head Coach Claude Julien indicated that he had a healthy club, and given the score against the Devils (6-1) and a morning off, expects his team to be as ready and rested as possible.
"I think that’s one of the thing I tried to do in the third period when we scored that fourth goal and seemed to have control of the game," said Julien. "I really tried to spread the ice time and keep us as fresh as possible for tonight.
"We have a team waiting for us at home [in Calgary, who did not skate on Wednesday] – you have to play back-to-back games. We’ve done it before, throughout the whole league everyone plays back-to-back games, and you have to look at the situation and make the best of it.
"We were fortunate that we had enough cushion to do it, cause other times you’d probably end up pushing lines or certain players more to win that game and sometimes it affects you the next game. You have to live in the moment and do that, but fortunately we weren’t in that position last night."
Having a club that can spread the offense througout the lineup certainly improves the B's position as well.
"Overall, you just have to look at goals that are being scored and everything else. Last night, our fourth line gets two goals and our scoring is pretty spread out," said Julien. "Proof of that is you don’t see too many of players in the top 20 or 30 in league scoring. It proves we have depth and scoring from everywhere, not from just one line or a couple players – it comes from everywhere.
"That creates a threat for other teams and some indecision on who you try to shut out. With our team, you shut one line out and the other does the damage. That’s what I like about our hockey club – that possibility of anybody being able to score on any different night."
Another boon has been the Bruins relative health and that includes having Rich Peverley
remain in the lineup.
"He’ll definitely go," said Julien when asked about the health of the forward, who recently missed two games with an undisclosed injury. "Last night, even in the third period I asked him – he felt great. There were no issues at all – I could have sat him if I wanted to, but there were no issues at all.
"It’s a very manageable situation, and when we had that long break it gave us the opportunity to manage it even better. The way things are going, it was the right thing to do at the time. He’s good, he really is good. I don’t anticipate any major issues with him.
"Again, its hard for [the media] because it’s an undisclosed injury and you’re trying to figure how bad it is and I understand that, but it’s a very manageable situation and he’s good to go."
|Thomas & Rask |
As are the Bruins, who can boast the top goaltending duo in the business.Tim Thomas
, last night's winner in New Jersey, was the top vote-getter amongst goalies in the NHL All-Star fan balloting and is in the top five with a 1.90 goals against average (3rd), a .940 save percentage (2nd) and wins 17 (5th). And Rask is at the top of the NHL's goals against average (1.61) and save percentage (.945).
Alhtough the B's bench boss did not name tonight's starter, Julien reitterated that having them both at the top of their respective games is "a great situation for the Boston Bruins" and not inicative of any goaltending controversy.
"with our goaltending duo, Timmy plays 50-some, 60 games at the most, and a lot of number one goaltenders end up with more games. Timmy’s okay with that age wise, he understands when we can utilize him in that way he can probably last longer and his career can last longer," said Julien. "And second of all, it keeps him fresh and better when he’s in net.
"All the things we’re doing with regards to our goaltending decisions are all positive for the individuals and the team.
"It’s a non-issue – I think they enjoy playing with each other and they’re very supportive of each other."