Claude Julien has given his team the morning off, so players will not be available for pregame media access. Julien explained that the players practiced yesterday and arrived late in Boston after Game 6, and that rest was a better option than a morning skate.
Tonight will mark the second time in a row that the Bruins will host Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Last season, they lost to Carolina in overtime, 3-2. The Bruins are 9-9 lifetime in Game 7’s.
“You go out there and you play to win,” Julien said of his team’s approach. “Sometimes they say the term, ‘Safe is death.’ If you play safe, it’s not going to help your chances to win.”
* Both the Bruins and the Flyers have a chance to do something big tonight — not just win, but gain home-ice advantage over Montreal starting on Sunday, when the Eastern Conference finals kick off. “Guys know what’s up ahead,” Julien said. “But at the same time, you don’t want to be looking up ahead. You’ve got to put all your focus and your energy and your concentration on what you have to do tonight to get there. We know what’s out there. I think both teams know that. As strange as it seems, the winner tonight not only moves on, but they get home-ice advantage. Simple as that.”
* Julien wouldn’t confirm if any lineup changes will be made tonight. However, based on yesterday’s practice, Blake Wheeler will replace Daniel Paille on the No. 1 line. Wheeler will skate with Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi. Wheeler was a healthy scratch in last year’s Game 7 against the Hurricanes.
* Julien is 1-2 in Game 7’s. His lone win came against the Bruins in 2004 when he was behind the Montreal bench. Recchi is 4-3. Zdeno Chara is 0-4.