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Storylines Abound in Calgary

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
CALGARY -- Storylines abound as the B's take on the Flames tonight and Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien tackled most of them in his pregame comments.

Asked about his three new players and how well defenseman Tomas Kaberle and forwards Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley might fit into the B's lineup against Calgary, Julien said that Kelly and Peverley have already practiced with the Bruins, so he felt like the pair had a pretty good idea of how the B's system works.

"It’s going to take a little bit of time for them to adjust totally and comfortably, but we’re okay with that," said Julien.

"In [Rich] Peverley’s case we talked about the fact that he’s coming from a team that his coach was with us for years and a lot of things are very similar to what he was doing over there.

"So, there’s probably an easy adjustment for him.

"Chris Kelly is a smart player and so is Tomas Kaberle," added Julien. 

"They are both very smart individuals who figure things out quickly so I don’t see any big issues here."

Kelly and Kaberle both played well against Ottawa and even though Tomas hasn't yet practiced with the B's, Julien isn't concerned.

"I was honestly very impressed with his game in Ottawa, especially after the kind of day that he had had," said Julien. "But, as I mentioned, it’s impressive how well he moved the puck and how calm and how well he sees the ice.

"What I think people probably underestimate is that he has a pretty 'good stick' and defensively he’s in pretty good position.

"I thought he did a great job that night so we’re happy with his all-around game."

The B's certainly won't underestimate the Flames.

"I think they’re playing really well," said Julien of the Calgary club. "I’ve been watching them for a while and not only are they strong on the puck and...scoring goals, but also, defensively, I like the way they’ve been playing.

"I think right now they are playing with a lot of confidence and we need to be ready for that.

"I think it’s going to be important for us to come out and play hard and...we talked about defensively being a little bit better.

"And hopefully this is a good trip to do that, playing against some good hockey clubs," he said.
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