WILMINGTON, MA Its back to Black and Gold business as usual as the Bruins are being put through their steps by the Bs coaching staff at their longtime practice home at Ristuccia Arena.
A handful of skaters were on the ice for PP drills prior to the entire squad jumping on for a full practice, and it appears that Tyler Seguin, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic formed one unit along with David Krejci and Zdeno Chara manning the points. Rich Peverley and Gregory Campbell also both jumped on with that unit at times during the drills.
"You've got two big bodies and one that's a great shooter in the slot in Horton," said Julien. "The other good is a good big body in Lucic. As you know the quarterback there is probably Seguin, he's got the skill and the one-timer. We thought that five-man unit would be give us a pretty decent power play. We think we've got some personnel in some places this year that we think will give us more."
At the other end newcomer Chris Bourque was on the wing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand with Dennis Seidenberg and Dougie Hamilton running the points.
It should be an interesting new look for the Bs man advantage if Seguin gets big minutes with the top power play talent, and both Hamilton and Bourque get time with the second unit. As for the lines at practice, they were the exact same as yesterday and should look familiar to anybody that watched the team last season. That being said Claude Julien said he wont be as patient with those lines as hes been in the past given the short 48-game schedule with every game carrying more significance.
Theres no doubt youve got to be a little bit more proactive in regards to changing things up, said Claude Julien. When youve got 82 games sometimes youll tell yourself oh, well give these guys a little bit of time here, theyll get through it and theyll be better. It might be a little bit different with this schedule here.
We may not have time to let them go through their slump or whatever you want to call it. But at the same time its going to be up to me to be a little bit more proactive and find solutions and push those buttons hopefully to our advantage. But its a different dynamic when you look at the situation we are in compared to usual. It goes back to what we said earlier, sprint vs. marathon.
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