WILMINGTON -- With the Bruins sitting in last place in the Eastern Conference and coming off three straight losses, there has been speculation regarding what moves can be made to improve the defending Stanley Cup champions. General manager Peter Chiarelli reportedly has been working the phones, and the possibility exists that the team could call up a player from Providence. 

Bruins forward Milan Lucic, who led the team with 30 goals last season, said after Monday's practice that he doesn't feel change to the roster is needed.

“What would you expect me to do? It’s a coach trying to find solutions. It’s as simple as that. … If it doesn’t [work], I’m telling you right now, you’re going to see changes again.” -- Claude Julien, Oct. 28.



The Bruins didn't do much to move out of last place Saturday at Bell Centre, as they fell to the Canadiens, 4-2, and dropped their conference-worst record to 3-7-0. 

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference joined Dennis & Callahan for his weekly appearance Friday morning. In the Bruins' 2-1 loss to the Habs Thursday night, Ference was slashed to the face by a skate early in the first period. Although the laceration went down to his skull and required stitches to close up, Ference downplayed the severity of the injury.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Thursday's loss to the Canadiens that the idea of being in last place in the Eastern Conference isn't nearly as troubling to him as the team's play. 

“I’d probably get nightmares thinking about how we’re playing right now more than anything else,” Julien said. “It’s more about our team right now. I don’t care where we are in the standings. What I care about is how we play, and right now we’re not playing at all to the level we should be.”

Ladies and gentlemen, your last place Boston Bruins.  

It doesn’t matter how many games into the season we are -- it just doesn’t sound right. 



Tomas Plekanec scored for both teams Thursday at TD Garden, but it was his tally for his own team that secured a victory for the Canadiens over the Bruins. The Habs came out of the first game of the home-and-home series with a 2-1 victory, while the Bruins fell to last place in the Eastern conference.

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid, who has missed the Bruins' last four games with a neck injury, has been cleared to play Thursday against the Canadiens, with Claude Julien saying the "possibility of him playing is probably very good."

If McQuaid plays, Steven Kampfer will be the team's healthy scratch. Julien said all seven defensemen will be on the ice for warmups. 

It is unclear who will start in goal for the B's, as the team left Thursday's morning skate in a single-file line, with Tuukka Rask exiting ahead of Tim Thomas. 

In his weekly interview on the Dennis & Callahan Show, NESN commentator Andy Brickley said that the Bruins, who are 3-5-0, face a potentially pivotal week after a four-day layoff to rest and practice. Brickley said that the Bruins have been made well aware of the fact that teams that are outside of the top eight in their conference on Nov. 1 rarely claw their way into the playoff picture.

If you’ve followed the Bruins, you know they’re better than this. And if you’ve followed the league, you know that regardless of what is causing the team’s subpar start to the season (3-5-0), history shows it has to end very soon.