Boston is currently atop the conference with a 4-0-1 record for nine points, while the Devils sit in third place with a 3-0-1 record for seven points. At least in the early going of this condensed schedule, it appears the Devils are continuing their success from last season when they lost to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup finals.
“Their early success is a continuation of last year,” Julien said. “They really had a strong finish and they’re a solid team overall in all areas. They’re good offensively and they have guys who can score goals. They have guys who go to the front of the net. They have guys who can shoot the puck. They’re also strong defensively. In net, we all know how good they are. There are not a lot of weaknesses on that team.
“Whenever you play the Devils, you’ve got to play a heavy game because they have heavy sticks and they’re really strong along the boards and you have to be at your best. We were prepared for that last year and we’ve got to be prepared again this year.”
Tonight marks the first of four times this season that the Bruins will play back-to-back games, and they’re in a stretch of four games in six nights. Julien’s preseason blueprint in order to keep the team fresh and rested has been a success so far, but this week will be a challenge.
“You really try to utilize your four lines, and you’re going to hear that a lot from a lot of teams this year,” Julien said. “It’s not just about winning that hockey game; you’ve got to think ahead and you have to trust your players, trust they’re going to do the job like they did [Monday] night. This is our first one and we might as well get used to it because there are more coming up. This is part of the schedule this year, it’s going to happen a fair amount and we have to adapt and make sure we’re good at it.”
After tonight’s game, the Bruins will host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday before traveling to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs Saturday night.
“It’s a busy schedule and you just have to deal with it,” said Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. “We have to take care of ourselves and our bodies and try to manage it as good as possible.”