BostonBruins.com - Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic are set to return to the Bruins' lineup on Wednesday night against Toronto at TD Garden.
Both forwards missed Monday's matchup with Detroit due to day-to-day situations.
Based on pregame warmups, Jordan Caron appears to be the scratch up front, with Zach Trotman the scratch on the back end. Matt Lindblad did not take warmups. He had been recalled for Monday's game with Lucic and Bergeron both out.
As the Bruins prepare to face the Leafs, they're looking to carry over the 60-minute effort from their 5-2 win over the Wings on Monday.
"We’re expected to play like that every night, no matter who we have in the lineup," Head Coach Claude Julien said pregame. "We had two key players out of our lineup [against Detroit], it didn’t stop us from playing against a pretty good hockey club that way."
"We understand too that if we want to climb up in the standings, that’s how we have to play. Again, it’s not that complicated, I think it’s all about your mindset and willing to put on the line every night. I thought we did that last game, so it’s an opportunity tonight to do the same thing."
The Bruins have 41 points through 37 games heading into Wednesday night, and sit just out of a playoff position. The Leafs have 43 points.
"I think it's going to be an emphasis for both teams, no doubt. It's an important game and it's an opportunity for us to catch up, it's an opportunity for them to widen the gap," said Julien. "So I think there's a lot of motivation for both teams here to be at their best."
The Bruins have to start to string together wins and show consistency in their game, if they want to climb up the standings. They'll do that by trusting each other and holding each other accountable on the ice.
"You know, you trust your guys and you think everybody's going to show up every night and everybody's going to want to play their hardest, but I think that there was a little bit of lack of trust in different circumstances throughout the game [before the game against Detroit]," said Kevan Miller. "So that's something we're trying to get back, where we know what the other guy's going to do the whole time, whether it's offense or defense. Makes things easier."
"No one's trying to fool themselves. Everybody's had tough games throughout the year and we need to bring it all together, one at a time, and we'll be fine."
Lineup vs. Toronto 12/30
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Seth Griffith
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly - Carl Soderberg - Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Craig Cunningham
Zdeno Chara - Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski - Dennis Seidenberg
Torey Krug - Kevan Miller
Starter: Tuukka Rask // Backup: Niklas Svedberg
Scratches: Jordan Caron, Zach Trotman, Matt Lindblad