Claude Julien is known for being very vocal with his opinion on the ice. If you’ve ever sat behind the Bruins bench, you might want to make sure your kids can’t read lips. Compared to the Colorado Avalanche’s Patrick Roy however, Claude Julien is Mister Spock. That’s part of the excitement of tomorrow’s upcoming game. Julien’s brash honesty verses Patrick Roy’s bi-lingual vitriol. To his credit, the feisty Roy has cooled his demeanor and has led the Avalanche to three straight wins, knocking off the Toronto Maple Leafs to remain one of the few undefeated teams left in the NHL.
We were resilient,” Roy said on the win over the Maple Leafs. “This is what our team is all about right now: Everybody is chipping in. Last game it was [Patrick] Bordeleau that had the winning goal. Tonight Sarich tied it and it was a great effort by [P.A.] Parenteau driving the net on that second goal. Overall, it’s a team effort and that’s what we’re looking for.”
This game is going to come down which team has the better wall in the crease. Seymon Varlamov is proving to be solid in the net, he’s played in all three games with a 1.00 goals against average with a .967 save percentage. On the bright side of this, the Bruins Tuukka Rask’s numbers are just as impressive. Tuukka’s save percentage is .966 with the same goals against average. If the Bruins stick to their defensive minded hockey, they Black and Gold should be able to help Rask keep the Bruins undefeated.
It will also come down to chemistry. The Colorado Avalanche just got back their captain Gabriel Landeskog, and they’ve had some trouble on the blueline. The Bruins on the other hand have been firing on all cylinders. Even with Soderberg’s injury that has delayed his debut, Jordan Caron has proven to a lot of impatient Bruins fans(this one inclusive) that he’s earned the right to wear the spoked ‘B’. In fact, the team has been getting a little restless with a large four day gap between games.
“We’re used to playing every other day. For me personally, down in Providence we’d practice all week and play on the weekends, so it’s similar to that, but we’re itching to get back into competition,” said defenseman Torey Krug yesterday after their morning skate.
The puck drops tomorrow night at 7:05 at the TD Garden. The NHL Network, NESN and 98.5 The Sports Hub will be providing coverage.