BOSTON -- The Bruins took the ice for morning skate with full attendance, and let it be known that Tuukka Rask will be getting the start in their regular season finale against the Atlantic Division arch-rivals.
Otherwise it was a full house for the Black and Gold with the same 12 forwards they've had for quite some time, and the eight defensemen rotating in and out of the mix with Corey Potter and Jordan Caron staying on the ice late as healthy scratches.
The third and final scratch will likely be a game-time decision as the Bruins get ready for the Canadiens, who they soundly defeated in their last meeting at the Bell Centre. There’s also the added complication that the Habs have been sitting in wait in Boston since Saturday night while the Bruins were on the West Coast engineering a third-period comeback against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Meanwhile, the Bruins aren’t even talking about the current 12-game winning streak with a chance tonight to match Bobby Orr’s 1970-71 Black and Gold club that captured 13 wins in a row during the Old Time Hockey era.
"The players know how it works around here. They know what serves us best,” said Claude Julien. “It’s all about focusing on the next game that we’re about to play. There hasn't been any streak talk at all.
"It's not about this team [Montreal] team here giving us an idea of how well or poorly we're playing. It's about us playing our game. It's a different sweater that's up against us tonight. That's the way it should be looked upon."
Here are the forward combos and D-pairings based on the morning skate at TD Garden: