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Seguin a Game-time Decision

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins -- With a share of first place in the Northeast Division in the balance, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien spoke, pregame, about the Black & Gold's goals going into tonight's tilt in Montreal.

"A win. That’s certainly something we’d like to get, obviously, but I think we can play a little better than we did last night," said Julien of his club's mindset. "We just were 'Okay' and if you plan on moving forward in the standings, you can’t just be okay.

"We’ve got to find a way to be a little better."

If the B's win tonight they would tie the Habs with 38 points and also vault from eighth place into a share of home playoff position.

"Well, I have to say it’s great incentive for both teams," said Julien, whose B's hold two games in hand on the Habs. "Obviously, there’s one team that wants to stay ahead and the other one wants to catch up to them, so for us, it’s an opportunity to take those games in hand and make the best of them."

Julien was also asked about Tyler Seguin's development and his status for tonight's contest in Montreal.

"It’s been good," said Julien. "I mean, he’s been improving all along and I wouldn’t read more into it than that.

"He’s a young player and an 82 game schedule and whether he misses a few here and there, it’s not the end of the world and the other day, he was under the weather, so he hadn’t felt well for a couple days and we made him a scratch that night, and then we played well in the game, so it was hard to justify pulling somebody out.

"So you make those tough decisions on this end," he said.

Last night in Buffalo, Seguin was seen during NESN's game broadcast sitting next to B's assistant coach Doug Jarvis.

Julien has often said that a young player getting to watch a game or two from the press level is often very beneficial.

"You look at a young player, who keeps improving and is going to get better and [it's] certainly not going to be the turning point of his career by missing a game," said Julien. "He sat upstairs with some of our management and that certainly was beneficial for him as well, so he’s fine.

"He’s 18 years old and I think he’s improving tremendously and going in the right direction and we’re obviously going to protect him as best we can," he said.

As for his status for tonight's game versus the B's biggest rivals?

"Probably a game-time decision," said Julien. "We’ll look at our situation and make a game-time decision on that."

For his part, Seguin took the coach's decision in stride and said he's "taking positives out of it."

"It was an experience sitting on top and especially last game getting to sit up top and watch the game and study a bit more from a different perspective," said Seguin. "So I took in a lot of that and I’m ready to get put back in the line up whenever I get put back in."

Tyler said that he noticed "little things" during his stop in the press box.

"When I sit up there with [Doug Jarvis] and Mr. Chiarelli and I can hear what they’re saying in the ear piece and I can see the more of what they’re seeing up there, now," said Seguin. "And when I sit on the bench and hear what they’re talking about, I think I’ll know a bit more."

But as far as his own status for tonight, Seguin will wait and see.

"No word yet. I think it’s either me or [Daniel Paille], and last game, he had another good game," he said.
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