The Bruins were back at it Wednesday after a much-needed few days of rest. The Bruins took the ice in full force in preparation for Thursday night’s contest against the Montreal Canadiens. While the rivalry has been in the books for many seasons, the rivalry might be at a high with both teams hungry for a win. The teams will be playing back-to-back games against each on Thursday (in Boston) and Saturday (in Montreal).
Montreal has been struggling as of late, suffering loss after loss, but in no way should their hunger for a win overshadow the same need from the Bruins.
“I don’t know why they should be hungrier than we are, because we aren’t doing that great ourselves,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien after Tuesday’s practice. Coach Julien also mentioned that he’s aware of the little changes that need to be made to bring about more consistent play.
“We will do whatever we can to make sure this team stays on it’s toes and not on it’s heels,” Julien said. Whether it be to bench a player or recall one, it seems as though all options are on the table. A noticeable change at practice today was another shuffle in the lines, something that has been occurring more often than not as of late. Nathan Horton was swapped with Rich Peverely, meaning Peverely-Bergeron-Marchand and Horton-Krejci-Pouliot are the current lines. “Hopefully we can create that chemistry,” said Krejci in response to the excitement of having an old-turned-new linemate in Horton.
The Bruins will be looking for a win and with an always-emotional atmosphere from both the players and fans, it should provide solid entertainment for members of both Bruins and Habs nation.
“I’m sure it’s going to be a big game, or two games for both teams,” Chara said.