After three days off for the Christmas break, the Bruins flew to Phoenix Tuesday morning and practiced there Tuesday afternoon in advance of their tilt with the Coyotes on Wednesday night. The Bruins enjoyed their break, but they know its time to get back to work as they try to win their seventh straight game.
“It’s always nice to just take a break, a breather from every day,” forward Chris Kelly told reporters following practice Tuesday. “It’s nice to be around your family and not really worry about what’s going on in the game for only a few days.”
As linemate Benoit Pouliot pointed out, that rest will come in handy over the next month as the schedule tightens up.
“It’s pretty busy -- almost every two to three days we have a game,” Pouliot told BostonBruins.com. “A lot of back-to-backs, it’s just the way the schedule was set up for us this year.”
The Coyotes (18-15-3, 39 points) are a big, hard-skating team and will be hungry after losing two straight heading into the break.
“Obviously they’re a big, good skating team that forechecks well and they’re at home,” Kelly said. “It’s our first game after the break and we want to come out with a consistent effort.”
With Phoenix being a Western Conference team, the Bruins will be doing their due diligence via video sessions Wednesday morning.
“I think that’s where video comes into play,” Kelly said. “Especially when you don’t see teams on a regular basis. We’ll have a good video session [Wednesday] and see some of their plays and some of the things that they do consistently and hopefully that will help.”