BOSTON – The Bruins will play the second half of a back-to-back set of games tonight at TD Garden.
But weariness shouldn’t be an issue against Calgary because coach Claude Julien was able to spread out his team’s ice time in a 6-1 victory at New Jersey on Wednesday night.
No Bruins forward played more than the 17:20 logged by Rich Peverley, and Dennis Seidenberg led the defense corps in ice time with just 22:33.
“I think that was one of the things I tried to do in the third period when we scored that fourth goal and seemed to have control of the game, I really tried to spread out the ice time and keep us as fresh as possible for tonight,” said Julien, who gave his players this morning off. “That’s the reality of things. You’ve got a team waiting for you at home and you’ve got to play a back-to-back game. We’ve done it before. It’s throughout the whole league, every team plays back-to-back games. And you’ve just got to look at the situation and make the best of it. And we’re fortunate that we had a good enough cushion last night that we were able to do it.”
After Tim Thomas made 30 saves against the Devils, expect Tuukka Rask to get the start against Calgary.
Here is the projected lineup for tonight:
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot - Chris Kelly - Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference - Adam McQuaid