After a 45-minute practice today at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Bruins coach Claude Julien said the team’s approach to tomorrow’s game in Detroit is straightforward: “Bounce back.’’
The Red Wings sliced up the B’s at TD Garden Friday night, taking a 6-1 victory and a bit of the team’s self-respect, scoring on their first two shots of the game and meeting little resistance from the home team. Tuukka Rask let in the Wings’ first two shots of the game and five goals on 19 shots before he was replaced by Tim Thomas for the third period.
“I don’t think there’s any concerns,” said Juiien about Rask’s confidence going forward. “[Rask] had that tough game in Buffalo [Jan. 1, pulled after giving up three goals on 16 shots in the first], he bounced back and played well [Jan. 3, a 2-1 win in Toronto].
“That’s not an issue about Tuukka. I think right now we’re all hoping, including himself, that he can get on a bit of a roll, play well, and when he plays well, we can use him a little bit more.’’
Mark Recchi missed practice for a personal day. With Recchi out, the lines looked like this: Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand,
Mark Zach** Hamill, and Dan Paille; Tyler Seguin, Blake Wheeler, and Michael Ryder; David Krejci, Nathan Horton, and Milan Lucic; and Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton, and Jordan Caron. There were seven defensemen in changing pairs: Zdeno Chara, Steve Kampfer, Adam McQuaid, Andrew Ference, Dennis Seidenberg, Johnny Boychuk, and Mark Stuart.
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Seguin has been a healthy scratch for the last two games, and Mark Stuart for the last eight and Julien said he was still figuring out his personnel decisions for tomorrow. Seguin played junior hockey for the OHL Whalers in Plymouth, about half an hour west of Detroit.
“I was in Michigan the last two years,’’ said Seguin, who planned to stop by and watch his former team play tonight, “so obviously the thing I always wanted to do was play the Wings, so tomorrow’s a big game.’’
The 19-year-old rookie has spent the last two games watching from the press box. a move intended as a learning experience. “Sitting on top, you can see how much more time you actually have on the ice,’’ he said.
The time Seguin is really looking for, however, is time on the ice and in the game. Julien wasn’t ready to commit.
“I’ll sleep on a lot of things tonight, not just goaltending,’’ said Julien. “We’ve got some decisions to make tomorrow and we’ll make those.’’