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Claude Julien pre-game press conference: Coyotes

Claude Julien pre-game press conference: Coyotes

HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
Boston-Bruins-LogoOn if Matt Beleskey is all set…
Yes.

On if the team is aware that it’s not a sustainable practice to score so many and allow so many goals in games…
Yeah, we know that. There’s no doubt. We’re definitely trying to cut our goals against down, you know, and I thought we did a good job last game just allowing two goals until that last minute goal that gave them that third one in, the [New York] Islanders. But we still want to work on minimizing the goals against.

On if they will still have a productive offense if they stop allowing so many goals…
Yeah, you know, again I don’t think, you know, even when we’ve given up a certain amount of goals there’s nights where we’ve only given up twelve scoring chances. So it’s, you know, maybe it’s the type of chances we’re giving up and maybe the type of goals that are going in.

On what he thought of Matt Beleskey’s play earlier in the season…
Amalie, I think he’s just another guy that’s come in just like [Joonas] Kemppainen, you know. You’ve got to give guys a chance to fit in and, you know, in my mind he’s going to be fine. I think, you know, where he’s missed the last few games, so basically he’s only played what? I think seven games? Or six games? So you know we have to give him a chance. So it’s not what I see or don’t see I think it’s just a matter of him fitting in. We know what he’s capable of doing. He’s a very intense player that is gritty and will go to the net and all that stuff so I think good things are going to come out of him.

On what he thinks of the combination of David Krejci, David Pastrnak and Loui Eriksson after putting Loui Eriksson on the left wing of that line…
Well, you know, Loui [Eriksson] is a guy whose fit in anywhere you’ve put him -whether it’s been on the right or the left. And that’s where, you know again, that guy deserves credit for being that type of a player. And you know, we know early on he didn’t get the credit he probably deserved and I think slowly but surely everyone started to appreciate him a little bit more.

On how he thinks the dynamic between Matt Beleskey and Ryan Spooner might work…
Well, again it’s almost the same answer that I gave you guys yesterday. What you see now may not be what you see at the end of the night. I need to coach and, you know, in order to coach you need to make the right moves at the right time. So you know for me it’s a start and we’ll see how that goes. If it doesn’t go I have to make some adjustments here and that could be happening all year around. I mean I know people are used to seeing me with, you know, certain lines and sticking with them but that…I think that stage of, I guess, that consistency is gone, you know, right now. It’s not there yet or it’s gone or so, like any coach you adapt to what you have and that’s what I’m doing right now.

On what he saw from the Arizona Coyotes in the last game they played against them, specifically what he liked and what he felt the challenges were…
Well I think you said it, they’re pretty…well they’re a young team but they’re a skilled team, you know. And some of their young players right now are really at the forefront of their team but then they still have the good leadership from the older guys, you know. [Shane] Doan is still doing a great job leading. But you know those young guys and even [Oliver] Ekman-Larsson, you know, who is not that old, still a young defenseman in my mind. You know, they have a lot of skill there that is…can be dangerous because when you’re a young team you just go out there and you play hard and the proof is just in some of those games that they’ve won, you know against Toronto [Maple Leafs] last night, against Ottawa [Senators], their winning road games, they’ve got a decent record, obviously. So I thought we played a real solid game against them the last time in there and we need to do that again tonight because if we don’t, you know, we’re going to get the same results as the last two teams they played.

On if it’s an accomplishment for a young team like the Arizona Coyotes to win games on the road…
It is I mean it has to be. And you know, you don’t know how long it’s going to last, if it’s going to last all year, whether it’s going to catch up. Right now they’ve got some good, to me, they’ve got some good young players that, you know, like the [New York] Islanders are going to get better every year. And the [New York] Islanders have had to work their way through, and today they’re a team that everybody respects a lot because those young guys now are more experienced and they’ve grown through those pains of becoming better. And I think the [Arizona] Coyotes are in that same boat right now; they’ve got a lot of young guys that down the road are going to be guys that you’re going to be keeping a close eye on.

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