No changes for the Bruins roster

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No changes for the Bruins roster

Judging by the morning skate, the current roster of Bruins players is the one that they'll go out to battle with when the puck drops at 7 pm. The Bruins had 14 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders at their morning skate at TD Garden, and that included veteran forward Jay Panfolfo along with rookies David Warsofsky and Lane MacDermid.

Pandolfo is not on the roster to start the NHL season, but expect the 38-year-old to skate with the team for the next week or two while the Bruins coaching staff and management gauges exactly what they have on their active roster. In the meantime he'll skate and practice with the Bruins in a 48-game season where many GM's are prepared to use as many as 30 skates throughout the season.

Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice denoting that he'll be getting the starting nod, and the starting lineup should look just as it has for the entirety of training camp. Here are the expected lines and pairings:

Lucic-Krejci-Horton
Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin
Bourque-Kelly-Peverley
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Hamilton
Ference-McQuaid

Rask

Here's the New York Rangers' expected lineup courtesy of Pat Leonard from the New York Daily News.

Hagelin-Richards-Nash,

Gaborik-Stepan-Callahan,

Pyatt-Boyle-Kreider,

Rupp-Halpern-Segal

 

McDonagh-Girardi,

Staal-Stralman,

Del Zotto-Bickel

 

Lundqvist

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.