WILMINGTON -- The Bruins enter Thursday night's game against the Washington Capitals as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. At this point, every game is tough. But not every team is as desperate as the Capitals.
Washington enters Thursday's game at the TD Garden as the ninth-place team in the East. That's one spot out of the playoffs, trailing the Buffalo Sabres by two points for the eighth seed, and five points behind the Florida Panthers for the division lead.
Coming off a 5-1 loss to the Sabres on Tuesday night, and with only five games left on their regular-season schedule, the Capitals are desperate and dangerous. And the Bruins know it.
They just don't think it's a bad thing.
"I think, for us, it's great," said Julien. "Personally, it's the kind of competition we need this time of year to get ourselves ready for the playoffs. If you can't handle those kind of games now, how are you going to handle them in a couple of weeks from now.
"So I don't mind those at all. I think it's going to be a great tilt tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to it."