BOSTON - The Boston Bruins had the NHL's best record, allowed the second fewest goals and scored the third most.
Now they have four days to prepare for the first round of the playoffs against a team that went 3-1 against them this season.
The best-of-seven series with the Detroit Red Wings starts Friday night in Boston. Game 2 will be there Sunday afternoon.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli says defenceman Dennis Seidenberg will not return for the playoffs. He underwent knee surgery and last played Dec. 27. Defenceman Adam McQuaid hasn't played since Jan. 19, and Chiarelli says the team is being cautious about his thigh injury.
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres