Claude Julien wasn’t showing his cards this morning, but after three straight losses — including Saturday’s defeat in Vancouver that featured two “mind-boggling” mistakes, one from Dougie Hamilton and another from Dennis Seidenberg — the Bruins’ coach didn’t rule out the possibility of changing his defense tonight in Calgary.
Julien said any changes would be a game-time decision. The Bruins have seven defenseman on their active roster. That includes Matt Bartkowski, who hasn’t played since Dec. 31.
Though Julien insisted the two mistakes in the Vancouver game were entirely the responsibility of the two individuals who made them, Hamilton suggested the Bruins need to play better collectively if they’re going to have success.
“The D aren’t really working with the forwards, the forwards aren’t working with the D,” he said, per the Boston Globe. “We’re kind of two separate units, not working as a five-man unit. There’s a lot of gaps in the neutral zone. Everything. We don’t come up as a unit, don’t support each other in anything. Obviously, it makes it tougher. There’s guys on islands and it just makes the game a lot tougher.”