Sniper Tyler Seguin
isn’t necessarily known for his size and hitting – leave that to the Bruins Zdeno Chara
and Milan Lucic
Instead, when the 19-year old skater comes to mind, fans see Seguin’s team-high 32 points, 15 goals (tied with Brad Marchand
) and a high-scoring forward with the ability to make opposing defenders uneasy.
But Seguin has improved his rough-and-tough game – something that Head Coach Claude Julien thinks will make him an even better forward.
“Yeah he’s learning that,” Julien said. “At the same time, he knows that’s a part of his game he wants to improve on – going to those dirty areas if he wants to score more goals and be a bigger factor. He’s probably realizing he’s a strong enough individual where he can push guys off the puck when he wants to and his confidence is continuing to grow in his case.”
The Boston Bruins are hardly ever short on toughness, but Seguin’s new dimension will certainly help, especially against the New Jersey Devils tonight.
“They’re playing good hockey right now,” forward Nathan Horton
said. “They’re tough, they’re physical, and we got to be ready to battle and play hard because that’s what they’re going to do.” Ference, Bruins ready for heavy schedule
The Bruins can thank the NHL for a home-centric schedule during the first few months of the season as they recovered from last season’s Stanley Cup run.
Tonight is the lone road game of the week for the B’s, but the schedule is about to get heavy as they play five of their last seven games in January on the road, followed by a 10-day, six game road stretch in the middle of February.
Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference
doesn’t mind so much, and is ready for the road run.
“It’s good to have an efficient schedule, especially on road trips,” Ference said. “Like last trip [Phoenix 12/27 and Dallas 12/31], there was a lot of dead time so as long as the team is rolling and you have decent health – just play and get after it.
“It gets a bit hectic through a couple stretches, but if you’re playing well and can stay somewhat injury free it’s fine. Our coaches do a good job of managing rest and travel so I don’t think this team, over the last couple of years, has been worn out.”Hamill hangs with the Big Boys
Boston Bruins forward Zach Hamill
has been called up from Providence twice this season, and since being called up Dec. 12, it appears as if he’s staying with the club for the time being.
Hamill has won over the coaches with his versatility, as he was able to play center while Gregory Campbell
was out with a foot fracture as well as contributing at right wing. His biggest efforts come on the power play and penalty kill, something he’s been eager to help out with since he’s been in Boston.
Just yesterday, forward Jordan Caron
was sent down to Providence for the fifth time this season, but Hamill’s experience is helping him stay on the ice.
“He’s in his fourth year as a professional, and he’s done the things he had to do in the minors,” Head Coach Claude Julien said. “He’s come up here and played well enough to deserve to stay with us for the time being.
"You have a guy that’s played well when called upon, and he’s got a lot of experience.”