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Habs Up Next for Bruins

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
MONTREAL -- The Bruins have arrived in Quebec in anticipation of their Saturday night tilt with the Canadiens in Montreal's Bell Centre.

But before "Bear Force One" touched down in Canada, the Bruins had made some adjustments to the configuration of their lines.

During their practice in Wilmington's Ristuccia Memorial Arena, right wing Michael Ryder skated on center Marc Savard's line with left wing Milan Lucic and right wing Nathan Horton skated with center David Krejci and left wing Blake Wheeler

"Sometimes you need to make those changes and [the team's] going to give that a try," said Julien post-practice on Friday. "We did it in Buffalo, I think in the third period for a bit and kind of worked seemed to give those lines kind of a spark -- hopefully we get the same tomorrow."

Horton and Krejci had developed some chemistry earlier this season.

"Yeah, I think there’s some familiarity there and I think being used to playing with each other before hopefully will help as well," said Julien.

However, Horton left practice early on Friday.

"He’s got a little discomfort," said Julien. "So we told him to go off and I guess those situations are always day to day and we’ll see...tomorrow."

Coach Julien was also asked about his goalie rotation, which has seen Tuukka Rask make the last three starts.

"Well I think this is a good example of us being able to rely on two goaltenders," said Julien. "I think that’s the most positive point right now.

"When we talk about what’s been going on is that you know Tuukka, the way he played last night, I think we saw the Tuukka that we all know. And we’ve got a real tough stretch here like those four games in a week, this coming week and next week and...right until the All-Star break we’ve got a real heavy schedule against some real good hockey clubs.

"So we’re going to need both guys going and that’s the part that we like, we can rely on both of them right now."

And, following the disappointment of the B's loss to Minnesota, Julien sounded "relieved" to be playing against the B's Northeast Division opponents.

"Well, personally, I like those kind of games," said Julien. "You know, there’s a lot at stake and those are the games you kind of thrive [on]. You want those games to have meaning and you always want to make sure you come up on top -- there’s no doubt there.

"This is an opportunity for us tomorrow to go there and you know we had a real good road trip...and you hope that you can regain that momentum that you had there.

"Those are to me two big games, Montreal and then you go to Pittsburgh, then you come back home. But tomorrow night’s an exciting night for me anyways," he said.
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