Marchand, Thonrton, Paille all game-time decisions

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Marchand, Thonrton, Paille all game-time decisions

BUFFALO Claude Julien said that Shawn Thornton (concussion), Daniel Paille (eye) and Brad Marchand (shoulder) are all game-time decisions for the Bruins in their Sunday night tilt versus the Buffalo Sabres. Its the exact same boat they would have been in Saturday night if theyd played the home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning that was ultimately postponed due to a blizzard.

Thornton, Paille and Marchand will all suit up for pregame warm-up at the First Niagara Center on Sunday night. It appeared that both Paille and Thornton would be in the lineup based on line rushes at morning skate.

Theyre all game-time decisions. Thats what I told them all: to be ready, said Julien. We have to look at things here. I just talked to the trainer and were going to put some guys on the ice for warm-ups. Then itll be up to me if I want to go forward with certain guys or not.

Both the fourth-line wingers were in their customary spots skating with Gregory Campbell as the Merlot Line. Thornton and Paille have both missed two games since each player was injured in a tumultuous home loss to the Sabres almost two weeks ago, and its clear both players would like to jump back into the lineup for an important divisional game.

They dont even know who is starting, said Julien. I told them to both be ready.

Marchand didnt take part in the line rush drills on Sunday morning as Rich Peverley was skating in his second line left wing spot alongside Patrice Bergeron and Nathan Horton.

Interestingly enough Anton Khudobin was the first Bruins goalie off the ice at the First Niagara Center on Sunday morning which usually denotes that nights start for Claude Julien, but the Bruins coach said hed told both goaltenders to be ready to start against Buffalo on Sunday night.

Khudobin has played in only one game in the first three weeks of the season, and likely would have been the starter tonight if Tuukka Rask had played against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

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.