GLENDALE, AZ --
It looks like Tuukka Rask
will be between the pipes for Boston tonight and Tim Thomas
will see time in Dallas as the B's look to spread out the backstopping duties before the Black & Gold's schedule gets really busy after the first of the year.
"I think were going to go with Tuukka tonight," said B's Head Coach Claude Julien during his pregame availability - a rare pregame reveal of his starting goaltender. "Obviously, he played well last game and we have two games this week that are spread out and I want both goaltenders to see action.
"Timmy’s a goaltender that doesn’t [get rusty], and when he sees rest he gets better. He’s certainly going to take this little bit of a break and use it to his advantage because after that, the schedule gets pretty hectic.
"Two things, I want to keep our goaltenders well rested and I also want to keep them sharp. The fact that we have two games this week – we can split it between the two goaltenders, will play to our advantage." Peverley to play on Saturday, too?
Another Bruin who will see time on Saturday is Rich Peverley
"Yeah, today he practiced," said Julien of his injured (undisclosed) forward. "He looked good and obviously we skated him at the end.
"We’re going to practice him with the team tomorrow, and we anticipate having him back for next game."
That means forward Zach Hamill
(who has played at center and wing for Boston) will continue to play a pivotal role, as winger Jordan Caron
was sent to Providence on Dec. 23.
"I think its two things, there’s four games in Providence this week," explained Julien of the decision to farm out Caron. "It was a good time for Jordan to play a lot.
"Zach has played well and with what’s going on here, he can play center or wing, he’s pretty versatile and he’s earned it. We can’t hide the fact he’s earned it, he’s been called upon to do a job and he’s done a good job.
"I think its benefiting both players right now because of circumstances, with Zach being versatile here and Jordan getting a chance to play a lot of games in Providence. Both are young players, and for us it’s making the right decision for both to keep progressing." 203 more important than 600 for Julien
Julien will coach his 600th NHL game tonight against the Coyotes, but didn't know that fact until Tyler Seguin
mentioned the number this morning.
"yeah a player told me, it’s great," said Julien, who owns a 321-198-10-70 NHL coaching record and a 202-112-47 tally with Boston. "But I don’t look so much at those things as I do the game and the season, and what you did with the hockey club.
"I’ve never been one to pay too much attention to that, maybe someday I’ll regret it but now it serves me well," he said before adding, "If I can get to 1,000 I’ll be a happy coach."