For the Boston Bruins, that’s often the Montreal Canadiens, but this season, it’s the Carolina Hurricanes that have given the Bruins a bit of trouble – dealing them three hard losses.
“I don’t think we’ve played really well against them,” Head Coach Claude Julien said. “But that’s not to take anything away from them. Some teams have confidence against certain teams and this year they seem to be able to play us really well.
“We gave them that opportunity at the first month of the season, we went into their building and had the lead, but we lost it.”
The Hurricanes will come to the TD Garden tonight, and Julien is looking at the game as a chance for his team to avenge their losses and prove how well they can play.
“We need to look at this game tomorrow as an opportunity to kind of put the clocks back to the right time here and that opportunity that we want to see is tomorrow and we think we’re a better team than what we’ve shown against them,” Julien said.
After Tuesday’s 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators, Julien used yesterday’s practice to focus in on the defense. Although the defense registered six points in the score sheet, Julien said he hasn’t been happy with his blueliner’s coverage in their respective zones.
“Defensively our game is not very good right now – we’re doing a lot of running around and it only takes one guy to start that and it throws everybody off,” Julien said. “Our system is more about playing your position and letting the guys that are going to be coming with the puck to go to you in your area.”
It’s uncertain if the Bruins will have defenseman Adam McQuaid
in the lineup tonight after he sat out yesterday’s practice. Julien said No. 54 "hit a rut" late in the third period versus Ottawa and was shaken up.
McQuaid will be evaluated after today’s morning skate at 10:30 a.m.
But even if he is ruled out, Julien will have defenseman Andrew Ference
back in the lineup after serving a three-game suspension for his hit on Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh.
“[Ference is] an experienced player that’s had a really good year for us and he’s been as steady as we could ever ask from a defenseman so we’re going to be happy to have him back,” Julien said. “Especially in the situation McQuaid is in right now – if he’s not 100 percent, you want to make sure you have a player that is pretty healthy and that’s the case with Ference and he’s ready to go.”– Anthony Gulizia