The Bruins will play the second half of a back-to-back set of games tonight at TD Garden.
But weariness shouldn’t be an issue against Calgary because coach Claude Julien
was able to spread out his team’s ice time in a 6-1 victory at New Jersey on Wednesday night.
No Bruins forward played more than the 17:20 logged by Rich Peverley
, and Dennis Seidenberg
led the defense corps in ice time with just 22:33.
“I think that was one of the things I tried to do in the third period when we scored that fourth goal and seemed to have control of the game, I really tried to spread out the ice time and keep us as fresh as possible for tonight,” said Julien, who gave his players this morning off. “That’s the reality of things. You’ve got a team waiting for you at home and you’ve got to play a back-to-back game. We’ve done it before. It’s throughout the whole league, every team plays back-to-back games. And you’ve just got to look at the situation and make the best of it. And we’re fortunate that we had a good enough cushion last night that we were able to do it.”
After Tim Thomas
made 30 saves against the Devils, expect Tuukka Rask
to get the start against Calgary.
Here is the projected lineup for tonight:
- David Krejci
- Nathan Horton
- Patrice Bergeron
- Tyler Seguin
- Chris Kelly
- Rich Peverley
- Gregory Campbell
- Shawn Thornton
- Johnny Boychuk
- Joe Corvo
- Adam McQuaid