AVALANCHE (2-1-1) at BRUINS (2-2-0)
Season series: This is the lone meeting between the clubs in 2009-10. Last season, the teams opened their respective campaigns in
Big story: Despite being picked by most "experts" to finish near the basement of the NHL standings,
Avalanche: This is the third of a seven-game road trip for
"I think that was the longest shootout I was in,"
Bruins: Disappointed with his team's recent efforts,
"I thought we played with a lot more emotion in the third period (on Saturday)," Julien said. "I think we can expect a lot from a lot of players. We've had a bunch of strikes against us to start the season. We've had a lot of things that have given us a challenge. We've got to fight our way through it. The positive thing is I think this team has a lot of potential to be a lot better, and it will be."
Who's Hot: Avs winger Wojtek Wolski has four goals in his first five games and is one of four players on the roster to already have five points; Milan Hejduk, Kyle Quincey and Paul Stastny are the others.
Injury Report: Avs right wing David Jones is out indefinitely with a bruised chest, while defenseman Tom Preissing is still recovering from off-season knee surgery. He is expected back later this month or early November.
Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman (upper body) is doubtful after suffering an injury against the Islanders during the second period on Saturday.
Stat Pack: Wolski, who was benched in the third period of Thursday's loss at
Puck Drop: It will be interesting to see how the Bruins respond after being forced to practice on Sunday. Clearly, the team has had issues with putting forth 60-minute efforts, and Julien wants that to change quickly.
-- Brian Compton, NHL.com