With rookies Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski productively filling in, Julien may face a tough decision or two about his lineup.
“A lot goes into it,” he said. “At one point you make a decision and it doesn’t mean that it’s an easy one because it’s not. We’ll deal with it when the time comes. We did it with Seidenberg. And if Ference becomes available we’ll have to deal with that, too.”
The uncertainty of the schedule for the next round could affect preparation, but Julien isn’t too worried. In any case, he says Monday is his players’ last day off.
“They need to get back on the ice here,” he said. “I thought two days was a good thing because we’ll have at least a couple of days — Tuesday, Wednesday — to practice. This time of year there’s not a ton of things you can do with your team more than get them some rest and still have a couple of days to accomplish a lot.
“I keep repeating, with the regular-season schedule that we ended with and a seven-game series and the way the playoffs have gone, I think it was important for our guys to just get two days off and then come back and try to be as fresh as we can for the next series.”