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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Practice report: No Chara; no Horton update

By James Murphy

Wilmington, Mass. -- The Bruins held practice at Ristuccia Arena on Tuesday morning before jetting off to Buffalo for a Northeast Division tilt with the Sabres on Wednesday. While Buffalo is just 13th in the East and the Bruins are 2-0 against them this season, the B’s realize they can’t take their division rivals lightly.

“The one thing that we’re well aware of is that we haven’t fared well against teams that are out of the playoffs right now,” Julien pointed out. “We have to be a little bit better and our goal right now is to carry last game (a win in Washington) into this game here. I really felt like we had control most of the game and we did the things that we normally do when we’re successful. So we need to bring that to Buffalo and repeat it. I think that’s what our main focus is on and the challenge is playing better against those teams. Just because they’re there right now, doesn’t make them a bad team, it makes them a hungry team. So we are certainly aware of that and our focus is about our team more than it is other teams at this stage.”

Zdeno Chara was absent from practice Tuesday, but Julien calmed any fears following the skate, telling the media the captain was given a day off after a hectic week last week following the All Star weekend in Ottawa.

The forward lines once again looked the same as they did when the Bruins 4-1 win at Washington concluded on Sunday with David Krejci centering Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron instead of being in his normal slot next to Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton (or whoever is playing in place of Horton, who is out with a concussion.

Lucic was playing with Rich Peverley, who was again in Horton’s slot and Chris Kelly in Krejci’s place at center.

Speaking of Horton, Julien had no updates to give after practice, and wasn’t too happy he was asked to give one.

“Guys, I’m done talking about it,” a seemingly frustrated Julien said. “You know I look at every team who has guys with concussions and it would be nice if you guys would give him a chance and let him go through his things. I can’t give you an update every day because it could be long, it could be short. When you see him on the ice with us, it’s going to be a real good sign so we’ll leave it at that. I don’t have the answer so I’m not going to give you the answer when we don’t know what concussions are all about. There’s forward steps and there’s backward steps and I just can’t come out here every day because it doesn’t make sense.”

Here’s what the forward lines and defensive pairings looked like Tuesday:

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Milan Lucic-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Benoit Pouliot-David Krejci-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Johnny Boychuk-Steven Kampfer
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tim Thomas(
Tuukka Rask