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BRUINS TAKE ON DALLAS TONIGHT, JULIEN GOING WITH SVEDBERG

BRUINS TAKE ON DALLAS TONIGHT, JULIEN GOING WITH SVEDBERG

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE

On being happy for Tyler Seguin’s success…
I’ve actually moved on from that. I’ve told him that before. Nobodies wishing anybody bad things. He’s a great person and he’s a good hockey player so there’s no issues we’ve just moved on. As long as he doesn’t do well against us I’m ok.

On Niklas Svedberg accomplishing what you wanted in Providence…
I think so. He played four games. That’s what he’s there for. He said he felt better and better every game. Our goal was to give him some games. He hadn’t played much and felt it was unfair to him and to our team to throw him in when he was out so long or hadn’t played much. It was a great opportunity for him to go there and play a lot of games.

On the difficulty for a younger player to go periods of time without playing…
Well its difficult for anybody obviously. An experienced guy will probably deal with it better, but in his case I think it was a win-win situation for everybody, him included. He doesn’t want to get in nets and get embarrassed because he hasn’t played in a while. It was a great opportunity for him to go there and feel good about his game and now he’s ready to go.

On Reilly Smith’s inconsistency being a confidence issue…
Yeah I think we’re seeing things from Reilly [Smith] that kind of gives you the impression that right now he’s not confident or second guessing or he’s just not feeling it. So he’s got to—again we can only do so much. He’s got to find his game.

On you being encouraged but also perplexed about Dan Paille’s scoring chances…
Yeah you probably got it right there. It’s encouraging to see him get those chances. It’s maybe frustrating more for him than it is for us to miss those opportunities because he’s had some really good ones and could have provided us with some important goals.

On your thoughts when Paille falls down on the potential breakaway…
Kind of, I guess it goes with the whole territory that he’s in right now. He’s just not getting any bounces or he’s just not getting those breaks that he’s looking for right now to make something good happen.

On being mysterious because he’s been a consistent veteran…
Yeah I guess every player at some point in their career will have a tough year. We’ve all seen that. Right now for him, he could easily get close to those numbers if he got scoring. You look at the chances he’s getting, starts putting those in, he could climb up pretty quickly. To me he’s got to stick with it. You’ve heard me say that often, when the chances are there it’s a good sign. When they’re not there you got a long way to go. He’s go some opportunities now he’s just got to make sure he works on burying them.

On choosing power play lines based on right or left shots…
I’m just amazed at that question. We didn’t even have a power play last game. It’s a subject of something we never see from our team. Exactly, the only power play we have are the ones we have in practice. So yeah I guess it’s a matter of some nights one guy is going better than the other. It definitely is good that Pasta’s [David Pastrnak] a right hand shot. It helps a little bit on that type of power play but it’s not the end of the world whether we put two lefty’s, [Brad] Marchand, [Milan] Lucic or whether we put Pasta with either one of those guys. I guess it’s flexible, as I said it’s a subject we’re not talking much about in the room right now.

On Patrice Bergeron in the shooter position on the power play…
Well because I think he reads the plays well. Fluto [Shinzawa], as far as when guys are in trouble on the walls he knows where to go to be, what we call that guy in the middle, the bumper. You can bump the puck to him, he bumps it back to the point so that’s the term we’ve given that guy. He does a good job at seeing that when it goes to the point if he’s in trouble they know to look for him or at the same time if they’re going to shoot he can step in and make one of those high tips. He’s also got that good positioning, sometimes he slides into that pocket for a shot from the slot. I think he’s been reading that position really well for the different situations, whether its needing help support, whether its tipping or whether it’s giving the D’s an out when both of them are covered and we’ve got no other options.

On confirming if Svedberg is starting…
With pleasure for you Matt [Kalman] because you smiled today. Sveddy [Niklas Svedberg]. See, politely and smiley. When you do it right I give you the answers.

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