The Bruins will have exactly 16.5 minutes to prepare for their game against the Red Wings, given that they haven’t skated since they came off the ice on Saturday after their win over Columbus.
The team did not practice Sunday and didn’t have a morning skate Monday morning, so it will be interesting to see how their legs look early in this one.
Boston is facing Detroit for the second time this season, both games at TD Garden. In fact, today’s game marks the final time the Red Wings will be in Boston this year, with the final two games in the series both at Joe Louis Arena.
The Bruins beat the Red Wings 4-1 on the strength of two power play goals on Oct. 5.
Puck drop: 1 p.m.
TV/Radio: NHL Network/NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
Records: Boston 3-1-0, Detroit 3-2-0
The Bruins didn’t practice yesterday or skate this morning, so it’s unclear if Claude Julien will put Brad Marchand back on the second line or keep Reilly Smith there. It’s also unknown whether Matt Bartkowski will revert back to the odd man out or whether he’ll be back on the second defensive pairing with Dennis Seidenberg.
Notes: The Bruins are playing their second of 17 matinees on the schedule this season. So far they’ve won their only afternoon game, on Saturday in Columbus. … The Bruins are wearing their third uniform for the first of 12 games this season. … Shawn Thornton is playing his 500th NHL game today. … Milan Lucic is one goal away from 100 for his career.