We’re right back at the TD Garden for a back-to-back featuring the Bruins and the Blue Jackets, the third time these two teams have matched up this season. The Bruins have won both games, and each of their last five games overall against Columbus.
Boston bounced back on Friday against the Rangers after an abysmal showing on Wednesday at Detroit, so they’ll be trying to continue that momentum today.
“I can’t say enough about parity,” coach Claude Julien said. “You look at the standings and you see where teams are but when you see teams on the ice, there isn’t that big of a difference. I don’t think you’ve seen in our league a lot of teams totally toy around with another team – except for our team in Detroit. But other than that, you don’t see that too often.
“It’s parity. Again, I thought we played [the Blue Jackets] well last game. I thought our finish wasn’t there and because of that they hung around. I think we had enough chances earlier in the game or during the game that if we would have scored on those, it might have been a bit of a different game; it probably wouldn’t have had to go into extra time.”
Fortunately for the Bruins, they’re at home, where they are 8-0-2 in their last 10 games, making it the team’s longest home stretch without a loss since a 14-game streak from Oct. 25, 2008 to Jan. 1, 2009.
Game time: 7 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
Records: Bruins 17-7-2, Blue Jackets 10-13-3
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Notes: Former Bruin Nathan Horton did not make the trip with the Blue Jackets to Boston, though he has been skating with the team since last week. … Chris McElhinney will start in goal for the Blue Jackets. He’s 1-2-1 with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. … The Bruins have 17 back-to-back games this season, with today’s game marking the end of their fifth back-to-back. So far, the Bruins are 4-1-0 in the first game of a back-to-back and 3-1-0 in the second. … The referees are Tom Kowal and Chris Lee. The linesmen are Derek Nansen and Brian Mach.