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Claude Julien pre-game press conference :CBJ

Claude Julien pre-game press conference :CBJ

CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE

B's take on the CBJ and Gregory Campbell tonight

B’s take on the CBJ and Gregory Campbell tonight

On their recent trouble drawing power plays…
Well we always ask that question, you know? “What more can we do to draw penalties?” And we could start embellishing, you know, that might work right? But it’s not our style and it’s not the right thing to do. So I think you know even last game there wasn’t a power play but there wasn’t a penalty either, you know. We didn’t play well; we didn’t do anything to warrant a power play so you know maybe if we had played a little harder it might have happened, but other than that there’s things. I see things, you know, after the fact that you know could have been a call here or there…just how it is. So like I said, I’m not big on that subject because it’s touchy for everybody but you know let’s go out there and do the best we can and hopefully we get the calls.

On if he’s worried that their power play is stale…
Well that’s why we keep practicing it, you know, is because we don’t get many in a game and that’s a fact is that you know because we don’t get many in the game we end up doing it more on practice days and we continue to do that.

On the fourth line this season…
It’s gotten better, you know, I think there’s reason to be, you know, happy because of the fact of where we were at the beginning of the year we didn’t seem to have what we wanted and then eventually it started coming around. Like Zac Rinaldo has really figured out how he has to play for us and how we play as a team, and so on and so forth. He’s been better. I think Max [Talbot] in the last month or so has been really good for us where at the beginning of the year he probably didn’t have his legs as much as he’s got them now. And you could say we’ve added [Landon] Ferraro and even Tyler Randell has gone in there and done a decent job, so we’ve got some bodies there that filled in that role pretty good for us.

On if he was eager to see how the fourth line would work out with new players…
Well you do, I mean you try different things, as you saw earlier this year. But you try and find the right fit for that threesome and you know we’ve kind of gotten to that point now where we’re feeling a lot more comfortable.

On pairing up penalty killers with guys on the same line like Landon Ferraro and Max Talbot…
It makes it easy. It doesn’t that we can’t force that to happen but it’s certainly a good thing when March [Brad Marchand] and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and now [David] Krejci and Loui [Eriksson] are doing it. But we have [Joonas] Kemppainen, you know like I said we have [Landon] Ferraro, [Max] Talbot. So I’ve mixed and matched at times. But you know I think we have a good group of penalty killers that have done a good job since we were off to a bad start.

On how he instills confidence in his team to better their home record…
Well I don’t know if it’s a lack of confidence more than it’s probably…you know I think when you look at a lot of our games for the most part we’ve had good starts to our games. So I think the biggest issue in our home record has been the inability to sustain that game plan and that start. We seem to drift away at times and kind of stop doing the things that we’re doing well. Or maybe sometimes we get off to a good start and we get success and we get comfortable and you know for some reason that’s happening at home. We just have to make sure that we have a little bit of the same mentality that we’ve had on the road, you know, and that’s been 60 minutes of the same and then really sticking to what we need to do there for that whole period of time.

On if Matt Beleskey is good to go for tonight…
Don’t know – we’ll see. He’s out there skating this morning. Obviously he was a little under the weather yesterday so we’ll see how he is after the skate and make a decision.

On the fourth line…
You’re hung up on that fourth line aren’t you? Writing a big article on that thing?

On what has changed on the fourth line from last season…
Nothing really, I mean I think you know we had good success with Gregory Campbell and [Daniel] Paille and you know we even had Shawn Thornton – that was a great line and it lasted for years. You know and they’ve gone. Shawn [Thornton] went to Florida [Panthers], Dan [Paille] is not with us and obviously Soupy [Gregory Campbell] is with the team we’re playing tonight so we had to find some other people. And I think it was just about finding those people and whether it’s [Joonas] Kemppainen, whether its Talbot, whether it’s you know right now [Zac] Rinaldo who we went and got in the trade because we thought he would give us energy and he would definitely be a physical aspect. And you know we picked up [Landon] Ferraro because you know we felt that on the right side we probably needed somebody other than Randy [Tyler Randell] who’s been in and out of our lineup and we found it. So I don’t think there’s anything different as far as how they play. I think that you know Dan Paille was a real good skater and you know Soupy [Gregory Campbell] was a real gritty player. But so is Talbot and you know you see those guys dropping in front of pucks. And you know [Landon] Ferraro is the same things. [Landon] Ferraro you can maybe put a little bit like a Dan Paille, good skater but plays the right side. And you know [Zac] Rinaldo that skates well and finishes checks and when the puck is dumped in you know that the Ds are looking over their shoulders when he’s on the ice. So that’s what we got.

On Coach Tortorella’s injury yesterday…
[Knocks on table]. That’s my answer right there. There are always close calls, you know. Was he wearing a helmet yesterday? He wasn’t, eh? Minor hockey coaches will wear helmets and then you know we’re too cool for that. But no – those things happen, you know. When you’re on the ice every day and you know when you’re practicing and those kinds of things happen. And you talk about close calls, I’ve had guys run into me and I’ve had to hang onto the boards or you know guys slipping and coming right at your feet. But I’ve never had, like I said, knock on wood, I’ve never been injured the way Torts [John Tortorella] was yesterday. So hopefully he’s feeling better; you don’t like to see that happen. He’s a tough guy, I’m sure he’ll be able to be back at it before you know it. Those are things that probably happen more than we think but it’s not advertised the way it is at our level.

On what he’s expecting from Columbus…
Hard gritty team, ok? They really are hard, they’re gritty, they’re aggressive you know in their forecheck and in closing gaps you know, and so that’s what you’re going to get. You’re going to get a team that’s in your face tonight. If they’re on their game, that’s what they’re going to give you.

On how they avoid playing down to the other team’s level…
Simple. We just have look at our home record – that should tell us that we need to be at our best here. You know and struggles or whatever they want to call it I still see a team that plays hard. You know and they’ve had a lot of things happen to them this year. It’s been a tough year for them but it doesn’t take away from the fact that they’re not as bad as their record and I know that.

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