BOSTON — There’s nowhere to go but up for the Bruins but up after dropping a lifeless 3-0 decision to Pittsburgh Thursday.
Well, they could drop in the standings, but at least their quality of play can only get better. And it has to improve against the New York Rangers today or the postseason could become a pipedream.
“I think we’re getting at the end of the season here, where every game means a lot,” coach Claude Julien said after Saturday’s practice in preparation for the Rangers game. “We’ve shown the good side of our team at times, and then we’ve certainly shown the other side, which makes you question why are we so inconsistent. And I think the bottom line is right now, we’ve got 12 games to get some consistency and night after night battle like you’re battling for your life.
“And that’s what we’ve got to show.”
Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who missed practice Saturday, will be available, according to Julien. Also, every player is available and the lineup decisions will be made after warm-ups.
Update I: Tuukka Rask will get the start in goal for the Bruins.
Update II: Here are the Bruins’ forward lines as per warm-ups:
The D pairs feature Chara-Seidenberg, Stuart-Wideman and Ference-Boychuk