TAMPA BAY, FL --
There was some hope in Head Coach Claude Julien's voice earlier this afternoon, when he announced that Daniel Paille
would return to the Bruins lineup tonight versus Tampa Bay Lightning and that Adam McQuaid
and Patrice Bergeron
-- both of whom left Sunday's game with Pittsburgh due to injury -- would both be game-time decisions versus the lightning.
"Again we’re going to dress 13 forwards and seven D [in warmups] and make sure that everything’s okay for tonight," said Julien. "I haven’t had a chance to really talk to our trainer on everything, but I know McQuaid and Bergeron are possibilities, but not certainties.
"We’ll know more later and probably know even better after warmups."
Julien indicated that Marty Turco
would remain in net tonight, as well.
"I think so, it’s time for him to come in here and help us out," said Julien. "That’s why we brought him in, to help him out and he has to step up tonight and help us win a hockey game here."
A quick glance in the rear view mirror shows an Ottawa Senators club that is close on the heels of the Bruins, just two points back and Julien noted that there should be an urgency in the Bruins game right now.
"Not panic, but urgency and try and get some wins here," said Julien. "That’s what you got to do through injuries, and even sometimes guys are banged up, but every team is going through the same thing.
"We have to make sure we’re ready to play hard and win ourselves some games here because we want to at least remain where we are right now.'
And right now the B's are counting on their best point producers (and heaviest hitters) more than ever.
In the last seven games, the trio of Milan Lucic
, David Krejci
and Tyler Seguin
have produced 13-14-27 totals. That's over 47% of the teams points and nearly 60% of the Bruins goals over that span.
"Well it’s a good time for it, we’re heading into the direction of playoffs and we need him to be consistent with his type of game," said Julien Lucic's recent work. "He understands he plays a big role on our hockey club with the physical aspect of it, and just the fact that he’s coming hard at other team’s D, it certainly puts them on their heels as well and brings awareness.
"As tough as it’s been for us lately, because of guys like that playing that way. We spend a lot more time in the offensive zone then we did even when we going well in November. In November, a lot of goals were scored off the rush and quick goals, but right now we’re spending a lot of time in the offensive zone and hanging on to the puck.
"Once we get over this hump and start finishing a little better and we get hopefully our team back to a healthy squad, you hope everything else will pay off at that point."
"Right now we have to keep working through it," added Julien.