Notes: Thomas gets the start in net for Bruins

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Notes: Thomas gets the start in net for Bruins

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

RALEIGH Tim Thomas gets the start for the Bruins after earning a day off against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday afternoon, and will be between the pipes for the Bs against the Caroline Hurricanes at the RBC Center.

Thomas is 1-1 with a 1.51 goals against average and .945 save percentage in two games thus far this season, and the 37-year-old has enjoyed a solid start to his follow-up season on the heels of Vezina, Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe glory.

It will also be a homecoming for Joe Corvo, who led all Carolina defensemen with 40 points last season and said that theres a good history for him when playing one of his former teams.

I cant really explain it and I dont know why it is, but I seem to score when Im playing against my old teams, said Joe Corvo. Its not like I feel like I have anything to prove to them for trading me away because Im perfectly happy in Boston. But its just one of those things where I do well in those games.

Tyler Seguin took the warm-up with Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic, and it appears the 19-year-old will get No. 1 center duties with the big dog wingers to start the game. Jordan Caron will skate with Chris Kelly and Benoit Pouliot and the rest of the lineup will remain the same for Boston with David Krejci out of commission.

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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.