- Joe McDonald, ESPN Staff Writer
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This is the third meeting this season between Boston and Columbus, with the Bruins winning both of those earlier games.
Here's Julien's take on the Blue Jackets:
"They work hard. Their goaltending has been good for them," he said. "Again, I can't say enough about parity. You look at the standings and you see where teams are but when you see teams on the ice, there isn't that big of a difference. I don't think you've seen in our league a lot of teams totally toy around with another team -- except for our team in Detroit. But other than that, you don't see that too often."
On Nov. 14, the Bruins beat the Blue Jackets 3-2 in overtime at TD Garden.
"I thought we played them well last game," Julien said. "I thought our finish wasn't there and because of that they hung around. I think we had enough chances earlier in the game or during the game that if we would have scored on those, it might have been a bit of a different game; it probably wouldn't have had to go into extra time."
** While Bruins defensemen Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg were recently sidelined with lower-body injuries, fellow blueliner Matt Bartkowski played nine consecutive games. Since everyone is healthy again, Bartkowski was a healthy scratch against the Rangers on Friday, and it appears he'll be watching from press level again tonight against Columbus. Of the seven healthy defensemen on the team, Julien said Bartkowski still needs to work on his game.
** It's unusual for Julien to make a mistake with his lineup, but he made a clerical error prior to Friday's game against the Rangers. He inadvertently circled Reilly Smith's number instead of Jarome Iginla's for the starting lineup. Iginla was on the ice with linemates David Krejci and Milan Lucic for the national anthem, but Smith needed to replace him for the opening faceoff. Once the puck was dropped, Smith went to the bench and Iginla jumped on.
"You had to bring that up, didn't you?" Julien said with a laugh when asked about it Saturday morning. "That was my fault. Instead of circling 12 and 17 on my lineup that follow each other, I accidentally went 17 and 18. So then when they called it up, which was lucky we were paying attention, I said, 'Oops.' So I had our trainer run and get the sheet but I asked the referee first because he's got the sheet; and I'm allowed to do that. I had mistakenly done that. We're not perfect, right?"
Iginla said he was a bit surprised but laughed about it.
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