Julien Knows Postseason Facilitates Rest for B’s
Thinking about where the Boston Bruins sit in the playoff race now, you begin to wonder when coach Claude Julien will consider resting some of the B’s more crucial veteran players.
Rest can be huge down a playoff stretch that could definitely culminate a Stanley Cup date, in which case the time spent relaxing prior to the postseason will be significant.
Nine games remain before the regular season ends, and in addition to a clinched playoff berth, Boston has basically sealed the No.2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Julien believes that it will be necessary to give certain skaters time off leading up to the opening of the quarterfinals.
“It’s a plan that we’re probably implementing very soon, but to give them a rest now, by the time the playoffs start, that rest may not mean much,” Julien said, according to NESN.com’s Mike Cole. ”I don’t want to leave it to the last minute, but probably a little bit more towards the end versus right now.”
As for specific players that may take time off, you could probably take a guess that certain Sochi Olympians–Tuukka Rask, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Loui Eriksson and David Krejci–will gather a game or two on the sideline.
Jarome Iginla is also a viable option for a rest, considering his age and importance to the Bruins chances in Stanley Cup territory.
“The real answer is that absolutely we want to finish as high as we can,” Julien said, “but we’re not going to jeopardize the players that probably need rest.”
It will be interesting to observe how Julien’s scheme in the remaining contests will strike a balance between winning and unwinding.