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Pregame chat with Claude Julien

12.20.08 at 11:43 am ET
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Pre-game chatter with Claude Julien…Providence forward Martin St. Pierre is with the team here in Boston, so look for him to join the roster for the pre-Christmas two game road swing through St. Louis and New Jersey.

On the red-hot Carolina Hurricanes…CJ: Hopefully we can cut down on our goal against than we gave up last time. At the same time, they have changed coaches and the new coach back there often gives a team a little life. In their last [six] games they haven’t lost in regulation. A good for us [today] and a good one before going on the road for the next five [games].

On tweaking the lines in practice…CJ:Basically, we touched up on our neutral zone counters to see if we can’t move the puck quick through the neutral zone. We did a few things yesterday that would fine-tune our hockey club, if you can say that. Again, because of the schedule it is hard to go for a good length. We are closer now than we were yesterday with hard work. The guys seemed to have a pretty good jump. That is probably related to the four days of non-playing [games]. I think it has given our guy a little bit of life.

On difficulties a a coach during the holiday season…CJ: It’ always hard. Sometimes, as much as our better halves don’t like it, being on the road takes away a little bit of the distractions and you are able to focus on the games. That is one thing we have going here, in the next few games after today. Hopefully we will finish off strongly before the Christmas break and be able to enjoy that. [The holidays] are a distraction at times, but it is a distraction for everybody. The team we are playing against is going through the same thing.

On goaltending decisions for today’s game and tomorrow’s game…CJ: I haven’t changed my thought process on that since Day One. I talked about having two good goaltenders and I’m just going game by game. I think I will make  my decision for tomorrow after tonight’s game. It could be either, or…I don’t want to change my thought process. It was worked well so far and that is the way I like to see things because you’re always changing your mind.

On if anyone unexpected is out of the lineup…CJ:Everybody except for Sturm is going to play today. I think we will be able to get a little more information later today, maybe this afternoon. I think Peter [Chiarelli] will be able to share something, if he has anything on it. I don’t, from yesterday. I have no more new and that is about it.

On who will be flying with the team on the road trip…CJ:We are going to go with what we got night now. I think we are going to be bringing a guy up. That is something that Peter [Chiarelli] and I discussed yesterday. He was going to make his decision today. That is something that he hasn’t addressed with me yet, with if we are definitely going to do it or not. But if we do, we will have a player leaving on the road with us.

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