WILMINGTON – The new schedule brings not only the Red Wings to the Atlantic Division, but it also brings the West to the TD Garden. With every team visiting every arena at least once, the Bruins will have to prepare for teams they haven’t faced in multiple seasons.
On Thursday, after four days off between games, the undefeated Avalanche and coach Patrick Roy come to town.
“Obviously you know what kind of teams they are because you watch them on TV and stuff like that,” David Krejci said. “But it’s one thing to watch them and one thing to play them. It’s kind of exciting. I like the new system of the NHL, so it’s good.”
It will have been exactly two years since the Bruins played the Avalanche. Colorado won, 1-0, on Oct. 10, 2011.
“They’re the real deal as far as some young guys really turning the corner there,” coach Claude Julien said. “I think they’re a real good skating team. When you look at them yesterday, their forecheck was real aggressive and they’re a quick team.
“They went after Toronto pretty good. I think it’s going to be important that we’re sharp in our puck movement and sharp also in moving our feet if we want to play well against these guys.”
In other news, Carl Soderberg skated again by himself before Bruins practice at Ristuccia Arena. The winger is still not yet ready to practice with the team. Asked about sending him to the AHL to get ready to return to the NHL, Julien said, “We’re not there yet, to be honest with you.”
The lines were the same as they have been in the first two games.