You go, Claude!


You go, Claude!

It's not every day that you see coaches taking shots at each other in the media, AND if there were one coach from Boston's four teams that you'd least expect to go mano y mano with a coaching counterpart, it would have to be Claude Julien.

Why? Because Claude's a mild-mannered guy. No-nonsense, for sure, but also the kind of dude you'd expect to always take the high road regardless of how low someone else might sink.

But as time goes on and the Bruins maintain their place among the NHL's best, Julien the man who seemed so close to being fired on so many previous occasions continues to get more comfortable. As well he should. And with every passing year, we learn more about who he is and what he stands for. Most importantly: While he may be a mild-mannered fellow, if you mess with his team, the fangs come flying out.

As Joe Haggerty reported today from practice, Julien didn't take very kindly to Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault suggestingalmost predicting that Brad Marchand's antics on the ice will result in an injury. It was a very Cobrai Kai-like move by Vigneault, to which Julien fired back.

I think its pretty hypocritical . . . everything thats been going on. Its unfortunate. Sometimes you have to look in your own backyard. We all know Vigneault has the same type of players on his team. Theyve all done the same thing. You just have to look at Alex Burrows putting his blade in Shawn Thorntons throat prior to Saturday's brawl."

He continued: "Its so hypocritical. I guess were stupid. Were idiots and theyre the smartest team in the league. We need to listen to all of the gab that they have to say.

Wooh! I love it.

Good stuff, Claude.

Anytime coaches go at it like this, we're all winners. And if by some chance these two teams find a way to meet again in the Stanley Cup, the world may not be able to handle all the amazing, deep-rooted and, most importantly, genuine hatred.

(For what's it's worth: If there were one coach in Boston who I'd expect to use the word "gab" while trash talking with another coach it would 1,000 percent be Julien.)

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Miller, Krejci game-time decisions tonight; O'Gara called up

Miller, Krejci game-time decisions tonight; O'Gara called up

BRIGHTON, Mass – It wouldn’t be a Bruins game this season if there weren’t some health question marks entering a game night, so the B’s will once again have a few players up in the air for the lineup tonight against the Buffalo Sabres.


David Krejci (back) and Kevan Miller (upper body) were both on the ice prior to morning skate and Krejci participated in the optional practice, along with Patrice Bergeron and a handful of others on Saturday morning at Warrior Ice Arena. Krejci and Miller were termed game-time decisions based on the way things went this morning and Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy could have more lineup juggling in front of him based on those players.

Krejci said he was taking things “day-by-day”, but didn’t think it was going to be a long-term injury even if he misses the game.

“We’ll kind of take it day-by-day and we’ll see. I feel better than two days ago, so I guess we’ll be taking it day-by-day,” said Krejci. “I got hit in the last game and that forced me to leave the game. It’s a brand new injury and it just happened the other day. So that’s what it is.

“I don’t think it’s an injury that would be long term. It’s just one of these things that happens [during the games]. I wouldn’t lie to you if it was something that was a week or two weeks. We’ll just see how I feel later tonight. Injuries happen to every team. Hopefully, this is it for us here early in the season, and down the stretch, we’ll be healthy pushing for the playoffs.”

First the definite situations for the Black and Gold: Bergeron will play for the second game in a row and Paul Postma will be in the lineup, with Adam McQuaid shelved for the next couple of months with a broken leg. Beyond that, the Bruins could swing Miller from the left side to the right side if he plays, Charlie McAvoy could be added to the penalty kill and David Backes could end up playing some center if Matt Beleskey draws back into the lineup.

“We’ll probably move people around. [David] Backes, [Tim] Schaller has played some center over the years and obviously [Patrice] Bergeron looks like he’s going to play,” said Cassidy. “I think we’ll be okay. We sat out a forward the [Thursday vs. the Canucks], so we’ll move people around.

“Kevan will be a game-time decision, so we had a discussion about that and we’ll look into that as well. [Krejci] got hit in the lower back the other night, tried to finish and it’s one of those ones where at puck drop we’ll know.”

Robbie O’Gara popped on the Bruins roster on their team website early on Saturday afternoon, so the Yale alum will get the call if Miller can’t answer the bell on Saturday night. Another piece of good news: Noel Acciari skated with the injured players ahead of the morning skate and appears to be progressing slowly from his broken finger.  

Anything, it seems, is possible for these banged-up B’s as another body drops with each passing game or practice. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings vs. the Sabres based on an optional morning skate: