Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien may think his Northeast Division-leading club is "ordinary," but he's hoping the return of a pair of key players will change his mind.
With Brad Marchand and Rich Peverley expected back on the ice, the Bruins will try to continue their success against Ilya Kovalchuk and the surging New Jersey Devils on Thursday night at Prudential Center.
Julien isn't happy that Boston (29-13-1) has dropped two of the first three on its four-game road trip, including a 5-3 loss Tuesday at Tampa Bay.
"Our compete level isn't there," Julien said. "We're no better and no worse than any other team when we don't compete. We become a very ordinary team, and that's what we are right now."
Getting Marchand and Peverley back can't hurt.
"You look at what they do," Julien told the team's official website. "Pevs is a power play - penalty kill guy, Marsh can be both as well and they're guys that play lots of minutes.
"You need those guys."
Marchand, tied for second on th...