"I think if you take time to look at what’s happening right now, there’s a lot of players that aren’t playing at the top of their game," he said. "Whether it’s the effects of a short summer or whether it’s [their] mental state...we’ve got to work ourselves out of it.
"Every team during the season will go through some ups and downs and we just happen to have a little bit of a down here at the start. We have to bring awareness to it and understand that you can’t keep going on [like that].
"We’ve got to fight and find a way to find our game," he said.
But the B's remain out of sync and have labored to regain the efficiency and cohesion that marked their Cup run.
"I just find that on the ice we don’t have everybody going at once," said Julien. "We’re still close in games, but if we had everybody playing closer to the level we expect them to, those one-goal-losses would probably [be] wins."
Every team during the season will go through some ups and downs and we just happen to have a little bit of a down here at the start. - Claude Julien
Julien hopes that today's practice and a game against the 2010 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks give the Bruins an opportunity to find their consistency.
"There’s been so much going on around us since we got back," said Julien. "You’re still hearing things about Cup's going here, Cup's going there and we just really have to turn the page —- which I think we’ve done — but now we’ve got to fight our way through to finding our game again.
"There’s character on this team and there’s no doubt it has been done before; it’s going to be done again. I have a lot of faith in these guys that they know what it takes and there’s great leadership.
"Having said that doesn’t mean you just snap your fingers and it’s back, it just means that it’s there and they’ll find it and we’ve just got to work our way through it and the sooner the better."
And while the B's have been wearing the target, tomorrow the Black & Gold can set their sights on another "Original Six" foe.
"Well it’s certainly a good team," said Julien of the Blackhawks. "I think we respect that.
"We know what they went through last year and like I said, every team is ready for us and if there’s anything, I don’t think anybody is going to feel sorry for us right now. It’s really up to us to battle our way through and sometimes a real tough opponent is what you need to get the best out of a lot of us.
"So hopefully that’s the case next game and we come out and play a little bit more like our team and make sure that we get those good habits back that made us successful,"
But in the short run, Julien said there's no reason to panic.
"Instead of being frustrated, let’s be determined to find our game," he said.