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Boychuk out. Zanon in. Mottau sits.

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA -- Head Coach Claude Julien REALLY didn't have much to say this morning after the B's skate, but gave reporters plenty of information on tonight's lineup.

Zanon will play tonight vs. New Jersey
Asked if defenseman Johnny Boychuk will play tonight: "No."

Asked if newcomer Greg Zanon will enter the Bruins lineup: "Yes."

Asked which blueliner will sit next to Boychuk in the press box: "[Mike] Mottau."

Julien opened up slightly when asked how his new players -- Zanon, Mottau and Brian Rolston -- had looked in their first couple days in Black & Gold.

"It's a few days in, so can’t comment too much on it, but they’re fine," said Julien. "I think our guys have done a pretty good job of making them feel very welcome and those guys, obviously, seem pretty happy to be there. So that’s a good start."

Julien also spoke about the B's uneven play since December, and explained, "Every other team that goes through it at some point during the season.

"I guess when the expectations are high and when you play somewhere around the .500 mark, it’s not good enough so we hope to be able to get over that hump and this is the last month of the regular season - this is the time we need to pick it up.

"Our game has been a little bit better in the last little while and we hope that continues," he said.

But Julien had little good to say about Tuesday's game versus Ottawa and when queried as to what was wrong with the B's power play versus the Senators, Julien answered, "A lot.

"Got to get our shots through, got to get some net-front traffic – same thing all the time," explained Julien. "You got to be able to get in the zone and control the puck and we’ve shown we can do it on certain nights, and other nights it’s not there.

"Like I said the other night it’s our whole game for two periods that wasn’t good, and the thing that was probably the most disappointing was that power play at the end.

"We had an opportunity to at least tie the game and bring it into overtime, and with six players, we couldn’t get any control in the offensive zone so that was disappointing," he said.

However, the B's defense and goaltending has been fairly solid.

"Yeah I think when you look at the games and look at the opportunities given and the goals against, that part of our game has been fairly good –- adequate -- whatever words you want to use," said Julien. "But offensively is where we’re being challenged right now, and there’s no doubt that when you lose a couple of guys [like Rich Peverley and Nathan Horton] that make things happen offensively in this league of parity, it makes a big, big difference.

"So, we’re challenged a little bit," continued the B's bench boss. "But it's up to other guys to step in there and I think we can do better in regards to a lot of things.

"Hitting the net is one of them, that would be a big help and obviously our net-front presence, something we keep talking about, can always get better."
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