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Back to Wilmington (then to California)

B's get one tune-up before their West Coast trip.

Monday, 01.11.2010 / 4:41 PM ET / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  -
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Back to Wilmington (then to California)
4:42 p.m.
Postpractice, Coach Julien was asked about the challenges the Bruins will face going into this week's road trip, particularly with the B's latest injury to Marc Savard.

"Well that’s basically it," said Julien. "We’re a little dismantled right now, and a little short of players and at the same time you’re playing [good] teams -- Anaheim just beat Chicago 3-1, and we know how good Chicago is -- so it gives you an indication of how it’s going to be in that first game.

"San Jose is another team that’s in that elite group this year, and LA’s been having a great year, so it isn’t going to be an easy game there.

"The old saying is that if we look at the big picture it can be scary, but if you just go there and say, ‘Hey, let’s just worry about this game tonight then we can deal with the rest later,’ that’s probably the best approach to take," he said.

And with the lineup changes, changes in the lines are inevitable.

"I can’t stand here and say I’ve got the answer," said Julien. "I think we’re just trying to find the right fits and see where our teams can get the most out of what we’ve got and hopefully it works.

"If not then we just got to go back to the drawing board. We’re trying different things, and I’m not even sure that that’ll be what I’m going to do on Wednesday to be honest with you.

"So that’s where we’re out right now," he said.

But tomorrow the B's will be in Southern California -- along with Mark Stuart and Patrice Bergeron.

"Yeah I think right now we talked about Bergy, Stuey, those guys are all going to make the trip," said Julien. Savvy [Savard] and [Andrew] Ference will stay back. But the guys that we’re bringing will us are guys that are getting closer.

"Obviously Savvy and Ference aren’t because we know the length of their injuries.

Bergy, whether it’s next week or whatever, it’s not a bad thing if he can start practicing with us at some point on the trip, then he’s better off being with us. Same thing with Stuey," he said.

Stuart is getting very close to returning to the lineup.

"We’ll see how he does," said the B's head coach. "You may even see him in our lineup before the end of this road trip.

"Again, it all depends on how these next few days go." 

11:01 a.m.

Boston is back to practice this morning and the lines have a new look.

Milan Lucic is playing alongside Trent Whitfield and Steve Begin. Marco Sturm is skating with Mark Recchi and Miroslav Satan. Blake Wheeler is with David Krejci and Michael Ryder. Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille are centered by Vladimir Sobotka.

I guess you could call that line with Milan, Trent and Steve "Crash, Bang, Boom."




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