At TD Garden Saturday afternoon, the Bruins, who have stayed near the top of the NHL standings for much of the season will take on one of those teams – the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are 29-18-4 and sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
“Yeah we’re playing some good teams right now, but it doesn’t really matter who we play,” forward Brad Marchand
said. “Everyone’s playing for a playoff position and every game is going to be a battle every night. We just have to clean up in some areas.”
Despite the Bruins (32-15-2) being in second place in the conference with 66 points, it seems as if the team has had to clean up a lot after the last few games.
Drowsy second periods and sloppy execution has left the Bruins with a 4-4-1 record over their last nine games.
But forward David Krejci
said that the team can’t let their latest performances hinder their focus on the task at hand.
“We got away from our game last game, that’s for sure,” Krejci said. “It’s frustrating, but we have to turn the page and be better tomorrow. We have to make sure we go out there every night and do our best to play our game. Sometimes we might not win the game, but as long as we’re playing our game we’ll be all right.”
The latest chapter of the Bruins season begins today at the TD Garden. The Penguins are without sniper Sidney Crosby, but they also have Evgeni Malkin, who leads the NHL with 59 points (27-32-59).
But for Krejci, those numbers don’t matter.
“One player doesn’t win a Stanley Cup, a whole team does,” he said. “And we believe in our team and we got to step up.” Horton Feeling Better
Forward Nathan Horton
, who’s missed three games with a mild concussion, has shown some signs of progress.
“He’s feeling better,” Julien said after Friday’s practice. "Hopefully, if everything goes well, he’s going to start going through the stages of recovery as far as working out."
The B's Head Coach also said the right wing could start riding a stationary bike as early as yesterday afternoon.--- Anthony Gulizia