By the time the puck drops Thursday, every team will have played more games than the Bruins’ 13, one of the biggest reasons they’ve been passed in the standings, not only in the Eastern Conference but in the Northeast Division. It’s a development that Julien expected, and doesn’t mind seeing. “It’s probably not a bad thing, because we’ve got to climb back up there, so those games become important for us,” Julien said. “We knew that was going to happen, and the bottom line is we wanted to make sure we stayed in the pack. We still are in the pack with some games in hand, so it’s up to us to get back and win the games that we have in hand, and hopefully that should bring us back to the top, where we feel we belong.” . . . Forward Lane MacDermid, who spent the last five games with the Providence Bruins on a conditioning assignment, rejoined the team in time for Tuesday’s practice. MacDermid has appeared in three games with the Bruins, with no points and 10 penalty minutes. He has four goals and two assists in 37 games for Providence . . . Thanks to school vacation week — and influenced, perhaps, by the fact that the Bruins won’t play at home again until Feb. 28 — the stands at Ristuccia were at least two-thirds full . . . Despite the condensed season, this marks the third time in February that the Bruins will have three days between games. They won the first two games after a similar layoff, beating the Canadiens Feb. 6, and knocking off the Sabres Feb. 10.