Chara, Pouliot to play tonight vs. Canadiens

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Chara, Pouliot to play tonight vs. Canadiens

The Bruins announced their lineup for Sunday's game against the Montreal Canadiens and both Zdeno Chara and Benoit Pouliot are slated to play. That means that Chara and Pouliot will not play tomorrow when the Bruins and Habs face off again at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

It's an interesting decision made by the Bruins coaching staff considering Chara and Puliot's history with Montreal. Chara, of course, was the subject of a criminal investigation in Monteral after laying a big hit on Max Pacioretty late last season. Pouliot was a member of the Canadiens last season and was signed by the Bruins as a free agent this offseason.

Maybe the Bruins feel like playing those two in Montreal might be more trouble than its worth during the preseason. Here's the full roster for Sunday night's game against the Canadiens in Halifax, Nova Scotia:Forwards: Campbell, Caron, Clark, Hamill, Horton, Marchand, Paille, Pouliot, Sauve, Seguin, Thornton, Whitfield Defensemen: Corvo, Chara, McKelvie, McQuaid, Kampfer, Warsofsky Goaltenders: Khudobin, Rask

Chara on slumping Bruins: Players shouldn't have to be told to work hard

Chara on slumping Bruins: Players shouldn't have to be told to work hard

BRIGHTON -- The on-ice portion of Bruins practice kicked off about an hour later than scheduled at Warrior Ice Arena on Monday morning.

The B's are reeling, having lost four games in a row for the first time this season after getting dumped by the Penguins, 5-1, in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon. Their standing in the Atlantic Division, and the playoff picture, is tenuous at best with so many other teams holding games in hand over them, and it truly looks like they're going to slide out of the race if they can’t reverse their fortunes.

So Claude Julien, saying "desperate times call for desperate measures," summoned the players to a video session where flaws, mistakes, half-hearted efforts and bad systems-play was pointed out in front of everyone. The team then took the ice to iron out those problems in an hour-long practice that the embattled Bruins coach hopes will lead to better results in the final two games, against Detroit and Pittsburgh, before the All-Star break.

“He was showing details that we were doing well early on in the season to have success, and little things that we’ve gotten away from that we need to correct,” said captain Zdeno Chara. “We need to start doing them again. It’s a game of little details and we need to make sure we do them right.”

While Chara wouldn’t comment on the tone of the video session, it’s clear that things like effort, determination and desperation were probably talking points just as much as fine-tuning Julien’s long-held offensive and defensive systems.

“It’s commitment," said Chara. "That’s for sure, that we need to have everybody doing that. We shouldn’t . . . at this level, at this time of the season, [have to be] asking guys to work hard. We’ve got to make sure that everybody is working hard, and everybody is paying his dues to be in the lineup and earn a spot.

“That’s the No. 1 priority: You have to compete and you have to work hard. Usually when you do those things, good things happen. We’ve got to back to those little things [with] hard work, commitment and competing every shift.”

Will an honest, direct video session between head coach and players be the key to stopping the team’s most demoralizing stretch of the season, and lead to a prolonged winning streak? Only time will tell.

But the Bruins need something to get spinning in an entirely different direction.