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CAMPBELL LATEST BRUIN OUT WITH INJURY

CAMPBELL LATEST BRUIN OUT WITH INJURY

BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
Claude Julien on the media…
Good morning. I’m just wondering if I missed you guys or not .

On Gregory Campbell’s status…
Gregory has an upper body injury that will keep him out for at least a week and he’ll be reevaluated after the week. So don’t ask me for a week .

claudeOn the challenge of contending for a playoff spot without David Krejci…
Well when I say nothing changes, we got to get through with what we’ve got. I think we managed it ok when he was out. We were still in a playoff spot then. Right now I know there’s a lot more at stake and it’s tight but if I gauge myself on the last game where a guy like [Ryan] Spooner came in, did a good job, you got to hope he continues to do that because I think he’s capable of it. He’s been up quite a few times and I think every time he comes up he feels a little bit more confident. We need him to be a good centerman for us. We need everybody else, obviously, to be good. [Brian] Ferlin’s come in, Jordan Caron’s come in and they’ve given some of our bottom line some life and it’s been a good refreshing change there with some hungry guys. We got to remain the same as we were and again I repeat myself, even in that St. Louis game five-one score was real disappointing but I think the energy, how hard we played carried into Chicago. You hope that your team is trending in the right direction here to counter those kind of situations which is the injuries to [David] Krejci and others.

On what Milan Lucic needs to do with David Krejci out…
Well, a lot of what I think I saw last game. He played heavy, he had four hits, he was really involved, he was skating, he scored because he went the net. Great play by [David] Pastrnak to give him the puck in the slot but he stayed on it. I think it’s important for Looch [Milan Lucic] to kind of take control of that line for now, which has those two young players on it and just be a good leader. Lead the way because the other two guys have speed, they have skill, they can certainly be good players for us, we just need Looch to be e senior player on that line and lead with his experience.

On why Lucic hasn’t been able to excel other times Krejci has been out…
You guys have to ask those players those questions. I can’t answer those. My job is to try to get those guys going. I can tell you what he needs to do; why hasn’t he done it? He’s the one that can answer that. As I mentioned, when Looch [Milan Lucic] decides he wants to play he skates well, he goes to dirty areas, he goes to the net, he wants the puck and he will go to the net to get the puck. Those are things, you know, when he’s hungry and he’s focused like that he’s a real good player.

Boston-Bruins-LogoOn relying on line matching tonight with a depleted Vancouver lineup…
Well, I was wondering if you were going to ask me if I felt sorry for them [laughter]. I mean at this time of year there’s a lot of teams that are depleted and we’re all battling for a spot in the payoffs. I’ll see about the line matches, sometimes it’s pretty simple, you get the ones you want and you don’t have to fight too hard for them but sometimes when you want the ones that you do really want then it’s a different story. I don’t know what his intentions are, but we’ll figure it out as the game goes on.

On the challenges of coaching a team that has played so much playoff hockey over the years…
Well I think a lot of people are looking at it that way and saying we’ve played a lot of hockey and we have, playoffs and all that stuff and the amount of games that you play. At the same time you want to think that our guys in there are hungry enough, experienced enough, they believe in each other enough that there’s a sense of urgency that they want to be there. Not only do they want to be there but I think they want to finish strong. I think it’s important that we have a strong finish. We may be challenged with, like I said, some injuries. [Kevan] Miller out for the year, [David] Krejci out for a while and right now with [Gregory] Campbell as well, but we still have to go out there and play with some urgency. Again, the proof was last game. We can do it and that’s important that we continue to think that way and go out with the same kind of intentions that we had in that last game especially.

On last game in Vancouver being a motivation factor for the team…
You like to be able to bounce back with a better game. Disappointing. It was definitely our start, Phil. Behind two-nothing and the rest of that period, as you heard me say, in the first period I thought after those two goals we got much better. Tough second, again, and then a little bit of an inconsistent game for us. So do we need to be better? Do we want to use that as a motivation? If it will help our team, why not?

On the trade deadline being a distraction…
Well, no I think we’ve heard since the beginning of the year that there’s going to be some moves so I don’t think it’s going to be any different except players know there’s a timeline now for the end of it. I see our group right now as excited to play and going out there and doing well, it’s important for everybody to do that for the sake of, if you’re going to be here at the trade deadline you want to make sure you’re going well. If not then you’ve given everything you have and there’s no regrets. It’s part of being a professional here. Every coach, every player will say that. Trades are part of this game and you have to accept it.

On you wanting a trade for some more players…
I’m going to say the same thing I say every year because I like to think I’m consistent. You give me what you got and I will try and make the most out of it and get the most out of those players. That’s what I try to do every day even if it doesn’t happen, I got to try to work with players to get the most out of them. That’s where I take my pride from coaching, not so much about what I have and what I don’t have. I got to try to get the most out of this team. The situation that we’re in right now, if I can get a lot out of these guys and get ourselves on the right track, I’m going to keep my mouth shut and work hard right till the end.

On Ryan Spooner trying to translate his game to the NHL…
I think he just has to grow to having more confidence at this level, which I think I saw against Chicago. When I say I think, I think I saw and I’m hoping I’m going to see it again because he skated well, there didn’t seem to be any fear. I talk about fear is that, he’s been here and we know he hasn’t scored a goal because he hasn’t really taken pucks to the net and he needed to get more confidence in doing that with his speed and when he shoots pucks we’d like to see him shooting in areas where they’re deemed scoring chances. Not from far out and I think with confidence and coming back he feels like he’s a lot more confident in those areas and to me, I saw that in the last game. A guy who I didn’t see shy away from anything and if he does that then we know he’s got the rest of the skills to go with it.

On getting past the occasional defensive mistake if Spooner can contribute offensively…
Again, you guys are nitpicking at every little thing here. There’s a lot of players making defensive mistakes so I think we don’t have to look at him, we got to look at ourselves as a whole. When you say defensive mistakes, if he makes one and we have our system in place and guys are respecting it then we should have some layers to help counter that, so that’s what we’re banking on.

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