Rask looks to get the start in Toronto

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Rask looks to get the start in Toronto

TORONTO The Bruins need to pick up and move on after a tough home loss to Buffalo on Thursday night, and they do that on Saturday night for a Hockey Night in Canada appearance against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.

Theyll do so with a new face and many of the familiar ones that had dominated the landscape of this matchup over the last couple of years. Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice at morning skate in Toronto and will look to improve on a 4-1-1 record to start the season.

Rask and the defense will also be looking to bounce back after giving up six goals plus an empty netter -- on 31 shots in a slipshod effort in their own zone against the Sabres.

Jamie Tardif will make his NHL debut at 28 years old after appearing in 449 games in the ECHL and AHL since turning pro in 2006-07, and appears that hell be suiting up on Bostons fourth line. The injuries to Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille also means that Chris Bourque will be hopping back in the lineup in the third line left wing spot he inhabited for the first six games of the season.

Here are the line combos and defenseman pairings:

Lucic-Krejci-Horton
Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin
Bourque-Kelly-Peverley
Tardif-Campbell-MacDermid

Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Hamilton
Ference-McQuaid

Rask

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.