The Boston Bruins take on the Colorado Avalanche at the TD Garden Thursday night in the first of two games this season.
It’s been exactly two years to the day since the Avalanche handed the Bruins a 1-0 loss in Boston and the B’s are winless in their last seven meetings vs. Colorado on home ice, at 0-5-1-1. It’s Boston’s longest such streak vs. any NHL opponent.
But like Colorado, Boston enters the game undefeated and after a four day layoff, the B’s are looking to go 3-0-0 for the first time since 2001-2.
The Avalanche are off to a surprisingly hot start, going 3-0-0 out of the gates under new head coach and legendary hot head Patrick Roy. Bruins coach Claude Julien took a shot at his old friend Thursday morning when he quipped that, with no games since Saturday, he "spent the last couple of days solidying the glass between the benches."
Roy of course, nearly knocked down the partition between the two benches in his first game as coach as he shouted with Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau.
With Carl Soderberg still working his way back from an ankle injury, the projected lineup remains the same as in the first two games:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Jordan Caron-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
*Matt Bartkowski looks to be the healthy scratch tonight
Colorado's projected lineup:
Gabriel Landeskog-Paul Stastny-Alex Tanguay
Ryan O'Reilly-Matt Duchene-Steve Downie
Jamie McGinn-Nathan MacKinnon-PA Parenteau
Cody McLeod-John Mitchell-Patrick Bordeleau
Jan Hejda-Erik Johnson
Cory Sarich-Andre Benoit
Tyson Barrie-Nate Guenin