PHILADELPHIA -- The Boston Bruins enter their game Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN) tied with the Montreal Canadiens with 59 points. The Bruins, however, hold the top spot in the Northeast Division and second in the Eastern Conference based on having played one fewer game.
But with each team playing Tuesday -- the Canadiens play at the New Jersey Devils -- the Bruins know they have to be on their game to stay ahead in the race.
"We have to play a big game," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "We're hoping to hang on to our top spot in our division and at the end of the night you've got to come up with the two points."
Julien certainly knows the Canadiens are playing, but said once the puck drops here, his team's game will be his sole concern.
"I don't scoreboard-watch that much," he said. "Those are things I can't control. We'll play our game. I'm not going to be worried about Montreal while we're playing. After the game you look at the scoreboard like everyone else. We can't rely on other teams to do our job. All we have to do is do ours from here on in, and if we do ours, we've got a chance to be in a top spot."
Julien said the lineup he'll use will look similar to the one he used Sunday against the Florida Panthers, but with one or two changes.
One will be the return of defenseman Adam McQuaid, who sat out Sunday with a lower-body injury.
Also, Anton Khudobin likely will start in goal. Tuukka Rask played Saturday and Sunday, and the Bruins start a stretch of four games in seven days to close the regular season.
For the Flyers, their blue line lost another player; the team announced Tuesday that Kimmo Timonen would miss the rest of the season with a compression fracture in his right foot.
The team recalled veteran Andreas Lilja from their American Hockey League team to replace Timonen on the roster. Also available is rookie Matthew Konan, who had been called up Monday.
Here is how the teams could look when they hit the ice Tuesday:
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Rich Peverley
Chris Kelly - Carl Soderberg - Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski - Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference - Adam McQuaid
Scratched: Aaron Johnson, Wade Redden, Dougie Hamilton, Kaspars Daugavins, Jay Pandolfo
Injured: Nathan Horton (upper body)
Simon Gagne - Claude Giroux - Jakub Voracek
Danny Briere - Brayden Schenn - Scott Hartnell
Matt Read - Sean Couturier - Wayne Simmonds
Jay Rosehill - Ruslan Fedotenko - Adam Hall
Oliver Lauridsen - Luke Schenn
Kurtis Foster - Brandon Manning
Andreas Lilja - Erik Gustafsson
Scratched: Jason Akeson, Scott Laughton, Mike Knuble, Tye McGinn, Matthew Konan
Injured: Maxime Talbot (leg), Zac Rinaldo (ankle), Jody Shelley (hip), Kimmo Timonen (foot), Braydon Coburn (shoulder), Andrej Meszaros (shoulder), Nicklas Grossmann (concussion), Kent Huskins (concussion), Bruno Gervais (torn stomach muscle)
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