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.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a conference call Tuesday that he believes the Bruins' 3-5-0 start is, on some level, the team suffering from a Stanley Cup hangover. The defending champs have failed to capitalize on scoring chances, and have scored as many goals as they've allowed (19). 

When the Bruins returned ninth overall pick Dougie Hamilton to the OHL in training camp, they were sending back a wiry but highly skilled defenseman who was 10 or more pounds away from being ready to potentially contribute at the NHL level. 

WILMINGTON -- With the 3-5-0 Bruins returning to practice Monday at Ristuccia Arena, goaltender Tim Thomas spoke of the team's lack of success to begin the season. The Bruins were 6-2-0 out of the gate last season, with Thomas registering three shutouts. Now, the Bruins are looking for what they had a season ago, but Thomas said they have to work for it.