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.
Obviously there's a lot of expectations around me but it's something I try not to focus on. I'm just trying to go out there, be myself on the ice every day, try to get better, be myself around the guys in the locker room. I think that's what's made me successful and the person that I am.
— Sabres forward Jack Eichel on transitioning from college hockey to the NHL