Greetings from Causeway Street, where the Bruins tonight will take on the Devils. The Bruins are fresh off their 5-3 win Monday night over the Canes in Raleigh, N.C.
Boston coach Claude Julien, pleased with the play of Doug Hamilton (5 games, 0-4-4), in his day-of-game comments drew parallels between the rookie blueliner and Hall-of-Famer Larry Robinson, the ex-Habs icon.
”Off the top of my head, I can’t really pinpoint anybody,” initially mused Julien, after being asked if Hamilton reminded him of another player. ”But the one guy that comes to mind for me a little bit is Larry Robinson. He’s tall, he’s not going to run anybody through the boards, but he’s solid and moves the puck well and sees the play well. I think everybody knows Larry was a pretty good player.”
Adam McQuaid is back with the team after zipping up to the Maritimes to attend his grandmother’s funeral on Monday. McQuaid was among the few Bruins to skate this morning at the Garden, and Julien said he will decide later today if the 6-5 backliner will suit up against the Devils.
According to Julien, none of his charges was injured Monday night in Raleigh, leaving the full roster available for this evening.
Puck drop: 7:05 p.m. EST
Record: Bruins, 4-0-1; Devils, 3-0-1
TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Projected lineup:Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Aaron Johnson
Healthy scratches: Lane MacDermid, Adam McQuaid.
Storylines: Neither club has suffered a loss in 60 minutes of regulation. The Devils fell to the Habs, 4-3, in overtime Sunday. The Bruins were rubbed out, 4-3, in overtime by the Rangers last Wednesday at MSG…Christopher Bourque, son of Bruins icon Ray Bourque, has yet to pick up a point in his five games with the Spoked-B. ”I wouldn’t necessarily over-analyze it that way,” said Julien, asked if he felt Bourque was frustrated or pressing. ”I think he’s playing better and better. The numbers aren’t there. But…I think he’s gaining confidence”…The Bruins are scheduled for six more back-to-back dates. The next one has Tampa at the Garden on Feb. 9, followed by the Bruins’ visit to Buffalo on Feb. 10….Julien believes Tyler Seguin, who scored into an empty net Monday for his first tally of the season, is still not on register after playing a couple of months in Switzerland during the lockout. ”I think he is out of synch,” said Julien. He also believes that Seguin didn’t have to battle for pucks along the boards on the bigger ice sheets in Europe, and that in part has influenced his approach to board work here in the NHL’s tighter confines…The Bruins on Monday offered their VIP customers 2-for-1 tickets in the lower bowl for tonight. The seats normally retail for $120-$155, but VIP customers can grab a pair for what amounts to a 50 percent discount.