The Bruins seem to be the popular pick to win their first-round series against the Canadiens, which is set to begin Thursday night at TD Garden. On paper, one could see why the B’s might hold the advantage. While the Habs held the 2-4-0 advantage in the season series, many are tossing that mark aside. After all, it came in the regular season, and this is the playoffs. 



The Devils won the NHL draft lottery Tuesday night, meaning they got to move up the maximum four spots from No. 8 to the fourth overall pick. Given that the team that won the lottery was already picking ahead of the Bruins, the B's, who have Toronto's first-round pick from the Phil Kessel deal, will remain at ninth overall.

WILMINGTON -- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said after Tuesday's practice that he reached out to injured Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty recently. Chara's hit along the center boards late in the second period of a game on March 8 caused the rookie Canadiens forward to lose balance and crash face-first into the turnbuckle, landing Pacioretty on the ice with a severe concussion and cracked verterbrae. 

WILMINGTON -- Bruins coach Claude Julien has led the B's to the playoffs in four straight seasons since coming aboard in 2007. He has yet to take the team past the second round, as the past two seasons have ended with the Bruins being eliminated in the Eastern Conference semifinals. 

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said in Monday's conference call that rookie defenseman Steven Kampfer will be out for at least two weeks after sustaining a knee injury while playing for Providence on Saturday. Kampfer left the contest vs. Springfield after trying to return to the ice for another shift. 

"Steven injured his knee and is going to be evaluated in the next couple of days," Chiarelli said. "My guess is he'll be gone for at least two weeks."

The regular season is in the books, and the Canadiens are coming to town. As the Bruins use Monday to catch their breath from the regular season before preparing for the playoffs, so too shall we. Here are five things we learned from the regular season. 



The Bruins will open their 2011 playoff schedule Thursday at TD Garden against the Canadiens at 7 p.m. Boston will host the first two games of the best-of-seven first-round set, with Game 2 set for Saturday at 7 p.m. Montreal will serve as the site for the next two games, as the Canadiens will host Game 3 April 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Game 4 April 21 at 7 p.m..

The Bruins finished their regular season schedule Sunday, taking a 3-2 loss to the Devils in New Jersey. 

Tuukka Rask took the loss for the B's, getting the start after Tim Thomas sealed the single-season save percentage record in his final start Saturday. Rask allowed goals to Patrik Elias, Vladimir Zharkov and Alexander Urbom. 

Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer, sent to Providence for the final three games of the season, left Saturday night’s game against the Springfield Falcons and was reportedly spotted on crutches.

The Bruins’ motto for the playoffs should be a simple one, at least in the first round:

Don’t overlook a team that was better against you in the regular season.