Because the regular season will be condensed, every game will become more crucial. In theory, the Bruins should have an advantage because they have had so little roster turnover. A good start, from the Bruins who have been working to the stay-at-homers, is required.
“We won’t have much time when this thing gets settled to prepare for the regular season,” said coach Claude Julien. “We’re going to have two different groups here: one that’s been playing, and the group that hasn’t played. We’re going to have a gap there.
“It’s going to be about working with those guys and have them catch up as quickly as possible. We’ll focus more in practice on team things — five-on-five versus one-on-one and two-on-one. It will be more about getting our whole game and system together.”
How the Bruins players in Europe have fared:
|Player||Team (league)||Key statistics|
|Zdeno Chara||Lev Praha (KHL)||11 games, 2-5—7|
|Anton Khudobin||Atlant Mystichi (KHL)||3-9-2, 3.02 GAA, .908 save percentage|
|Rich Peverley||JYP Jyvaskyla (Finnish SM-Liiga)||14 games, 2-11—13|
|David Krejci||Pardubice (Czech Extraliga)||12 games, 7-7—14|
|Andrew Ference||Ceske Budejovice (Czech Extraliga)||7 games, 1-2—3|
|Tuukka Rask||Plzen (Czech Extraliga)||6-2-0, 1.85 GAA, .936 save percentage|
|Tyler Seguin||Biel (Swiss National League A)||15 games, 13-10—23|
|Patrice Bergeron||Lugano (Swiss National League A)||8 games, 8-8—16|
|Chris Kelly||Red Ice (Swiss National League B)||0 games, 0-0—0|
|Dennis Seidenberg||Adler Mannheim (Deutsche Eishockey Liga)||10 games, 0-3—3|