Yesterday, the B's went through a tough between-games practice that focused the club's attention on the front of the net and the team's overall enthusiasm for playing after what would be generously called a lackluster effort against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday in Manitoba.
After the battle drill-filled session, Head Coach Claude Julien said the bottom line was that while the B's weren't doing a lot of things perfectly, the Bruins are simply not playing well.
"Well he’s right when he said we’re not playing well right now," agreed veteran defenseman Dennis Seidenberg
. "[The team is] all over the ice whether it’s offensive zone, neutral zone - we just don’t do the things right."
However, it's not like the Bruins are making egregious errors consistently. Those things that Seidenberg talked about are often little things.
"That’s making a simple play, getting the puck into the offensive zone or making a good outlet pass to break out of our zone," said Seidenberg. "All those things are just not working and we just have to be more focused and more committed to those things."
But it seems that much of what ails the Bruins is probably happening in the zone between the players' ears as Coach Julien repeated cited Boston's lack of enthusiasm and determination during his media availability on Saturday.
"It’s starts with going on the ice and making the hit, getting into the game, blocking a shot or getting shots on net – getting to the rebounds," said Seidenberg when asked how the Bruins could generate more energy.
"All those little things – the battles that get everybody else enthusiastic and making everybody feel good.
"We just have to do those things and work for each other and with each other to get out of this," added Seidenberg.