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.
We're buyers. We're committed to winning. That's what [owner Vinnie Viola] has said all along and what we've said all along. We want to win. We want to win a championship. We're putting the pieces together, step by step, and we're hopeful that Jaromir can lead these young guys to the promised land. It's a win-win for us.
— Panthers GM Dale Tallon on Jaromir Jagr, who he traded for from the Devils on Thursday