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Chara out, Miller in for Bruins tonight

If you’re Claude Julien right now, I’m guessing you’re popping Rolaids on a regular basis.

Known as a defensive coach who has little time for rookies or young players and their mistakes, Julien will welcome another young place-holder to his blue line tonight, Colin Miller (22).

With Zdeno Chara out injured, Dennis Seidenberg out until Thanksgiving,and Dougie Hamilton and Johnny Boychuk long gone, the B’s defensive core looks more like the bad-news Bruins.

Colin MillerMiller will be making his NHL debut tonight. Miller was acquired from the Kings along with Martin Jones plus a first round draft pick that turned out to be Jakub Zboril for Milan Lucic.

At this mornings skate, C Miller was paired with Joe Morrow.. The other d-pairings were: Torey Krug – Adam McQuaid and Irwin – Kevan Miller.

Not thinking Julien is a happy camper right now !


On if Zdeno Chara is out again today…
Not a hundred percent sure…I’d say doubtful for now. I haven’t talked to anybody since we got off the ice so I’ll leave it at doubtful for now.

On what he said to his team after Thursday’s loss and what he learned from it…
Well nothing has changed from what I told reporters and everybody else after the game. I thought that offensively we created a lot of good chances and you know we were good in that area we just weren’t very good defensively. So awareness of what we need to do without the puck I think we were very sloppy and we have to clean that part of our game up.

On if Colin Miller might be in tonight…
We’ll make decisions after warmup there, Joe.

On what he needs the forwards to improve on…
Well they need to come back and help out and you know not just defensively but also for our transition game. There were parts of that game, not in the first period because it thought we did a great job, but as the game went on we started stretching on again and so obviously that didn’t help our game. We know that when we don’t come back and regroup properly it takes away the momentum of our game there. So it’s not just that part defensively, coming to help, and also offensively as far as our counter game is concerned.

On if there’s anything David Pastrnak needs to do to get   in the power plays…
I don’t think, I mean I’m not ready to answer those questions. I just…I’m playing with the guys that I have so I’ll let you guys comment on that. Right now we have guys that…we had two power plays and obviously the first power play was extremely good. We had good chances and good spots and I think David Pastrnak is a young player who like many will only get better. And you know we have got to stop thinking that just because he’s not on power plays we don’t think much of him. So let’s give him a chance to get better. Let’s give us a chance to develop this guy properly and stop worrying about whether he should be on it or not because in my mind he’ll be a good power play guy. He’ll be a good goal scorer. He’ll be a lot of good things as long as we take our time and develop him properly and don’t put anything over his head. And that’s not to say you’re not going to see him on a power play either, we’re just making some decisions right now that are based on what we think is right for him and the hockey club.

On his thoughts on how the National Hockey League reacted to the hit on Patrice Bergeron and the comments that Zac Rinaldo…
Well again, you know, there’s always criticism when something like that happens. I can guarantee you if [Patrice] Bergeron stays down from that hit, there’s a pile on that guy, okay? So our team will stick together. Which they also did when Bergeron got hit. They got in there. But Bergeron was good enough to get there himself and start dealing with it before the referees came in. So that response was good. And then you say, “Okay, he’s fine.” Then the League has to look into it and you’re hoping that the League will make the right decisions, they made a decision- we move on. But if anybody wants to criticize the lack of response it’s a load of crap because our guys did respond.

On if he’s happy to see that Zac Rinaldo is not reacting the way he used to with fighting…
Put it this way, Murph- let’s talk about Montreal tonight not the past and we’ll move on here. Because that’s so far from my thinking right now. I think we have a big and exciting game to play tonight without rehashing things in the past here.

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