With the Boston Bruins in a 1-3-1 rut, coach Claude Julien is trying to physically refresh some players before the postseason begins.
He is also trying to arouse some guys, such as power forward Milan Lucic – who has scored just twice in a 28-game span.
“We’re trying to build something here to get ourselves moving in the right direction,” Lucic told the Boston Herald. “We need a strong push to end the season. We’re trying to build to find consistency throughout the lineup — every line bringing it every game, because that’s what we had when we won a championship. We know how important that is, going in and feeling good about ourselves as the playoff starts.”
These various factors -- plus injuries to players like Nathan Horton (hand) -- will inspire Julien to try some odd lineups during his final three games.
“Your goal is to finish as high as you can. But at the same time you want to rest your players,” Julien told Boston reporters after Monday’s practice. “I think a lot of this stuff, we’ll see as the schedule progresses. It’s not just us; there’s other teams playing. Wherever those teams will end up as far as wins and losses, it may help us make some decisions. So I can’t answer that question at this moment, because it depends on a lot of different things.
“It boils down to taking care of your own business. We have to be ready to play well in every game. We have to find our game and then hold on to it. Right now I think our game is coming back. Not only do we have to hold on to it, we have to make it better.”