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David Krejci Returns, as Bruins Look to Bounce Back vs. Avs

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - David Krejci has been cleared for game action, as the Bruins host the Colorado Avalanche in a Monday matinee at TD Garden.

Head Coach Claude Julien confirmed the news to reporters pregame.

Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. ET (NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub).

The Bruins are looking to get back on track, following two straight losses to Detroit and Washington.

Though Krejci's presence will certainly give the team a boost, Julien has stressed that one individual won't make a difference for the Bruins - they need a team-wide effort to have success.

The Avalanche come into Monday having been shut out in their first two games (a home-and-home series against Minnesota), searching for not only their first win, but also their first goal of 2014-15.

"Do you think they'll be desperate today?" Dennis Seidenberg was asked pregame.

"I think there's two desperate teams on the ice," the defenseman corrected.

"We haven't played our best the past two games and they haven't scored a goal yet, so I'm sure it's going to be a tough start, they're going to come out hard and we need to do the same and hopefully come out on top at the end."

Dougie Hamilton also spoke with reporters pregame, and gave a read on the feel in the locker room on Monday morning.

"Pretty focused right now," said Hamilton. "Nobody likes how we're playing. The mood hasn't been too great the last few days so we need to change that and be more positive and I think if we play better, get a couple goals and win a few games, that will change that."

"So we just need to get on the forecheck a little more and force the other team to make mistakes and hopefully we can score some goals."

The Bruins are also hoping that getting their entire team game in line will carry over into special teams, where they've gone 1-for-10 on the power play and 8-for-11 on the penalty kill through the first three games of the season.

It's still early, though, as we approach Game 4 of a long season. The Black and Gold are dialed in on getting back on track, and showing the resiliency that they've exhibited in the past.

"We just can't get discouraged when things don't go our way - we have to battle through it," Daniel Paille said pregame. "It's easy to talk about but we have to learn as a group and talk as a group and realize that we have a full game to play and there's never a 'give up' attitude."

Monday also marks the return of Jarome Iginla to TD Garden, and the Bruins reflected on the influence he had on the team, though he only wore the Spoked-B for a season.

"I think he might have been one of the best teammates I've ever had in my life," said Hamilton. "So he loves hockey, loves the game, loves being around the rink and wanted to get better, so it's crazy to see somebody with that many goals, experiences and accomplishments trying to get better every day."

"So I probably took that - no matter how good you are, you still need to improve and get better, so I learned that from him."

"I mean, he's definitely a future Hall of Famer I would say and the way he handled himself, with the other guys, he was really nice to everybody, everyday," said Seidenberg. "He was a real pleasure to be around every day and it's too bad it didn't work out at the end."

Below is Monday's lineup against the Colorado Avalanche, according to line rushes and defensive pairings in warmups.

Lineup vs. Avalanche 10/13

Lucic-Krejci-Griffith
Marchand-Bergeron-Smith
Kelly-Soderberg-Eriksson
Paille-Spooner-Caron

Chara-Hamilton
Bartkowski-Seidenberg
Krug-McQuaid

Scratches: Miller, Robins, Fraser

Starter: Svedberg // Backup: Rask
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