WILMINGTON, Mass. — Does it smell like the playoffs?

If it doesn’t, it will. The Bruins returned from their Monday off to practice at Ristuccia Arena this morning with Andrew Ference in tow. There were eight defensemen, two goaltenders and 14 forwards on the ice. Zach Hamill was not among the forwards.

Here are a couple interesting notes I found in the NHL pre-playoffs guide.

•Mark Recchi is the leading active playoff goal-scorer with 50 in 151 games.

•The third seed has pulled an upset in each of the last six seasons, including both sixth seeds winning in 2008.