Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/10/13
8 a.m. ET: If the Bruins were looking to ease into the 2013-14 schedule after a frantic run to the Stanley Cup Final last year, the NHL schedule maker definitely threw the B’s a bone. The Bruins opened the season last Thursday and then played the following Saturday night before getting a four-day break in between games. That relatively lengthy hiatus will come to a close Thursday night when the Colorado Avalanche storm TD Garden. Originally, the schedule may have looked even more inviting with a return to action featuring the Avs, but that hasn’t necessarily been the case this season. Colorado is one of the surprise teams right now, even if it’s just a few games. Only the Florida Panthers won fewer games last season than the Avalanche, but they have won their first three games of the season. Some of the credit to the turnaround — admittedly just a few games in —  belongs to new head coach Patrick Roy. The legendary goaltender took over during the offseason, and he’s already brought his signature fire to the club in an attempt to change the culture. The Bruins don’t have any issues when it comes to chemistry, of course. Boston will prove a tremendous measuring stick for the Avalanche who have beaten Anaheim, Nashville and Toronto so far this season. The Bruins come in having won their first two games of the season and will look for the trifecta as they close out a three-game “homestand.” Bruins forward Carl Soderberg has skated at practice the last few days, but it’s unclear whether he’ll return to the lineup on Thursday. Jordan Caron has been very good in Soderberg’s place, which may extend his rehabilitation from an ankle injury in order to keep Caron in the lineup as the third-line left winger. Puck drop from the Garden is slated for 7 p.m. Filed under: Boston Bruins, Headlines, Live Blog, Mike Cole
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