The Bruins return home Thursday night to take on the Minnesota Wild after the B's completed an eight-point, five-game road trip. Maybe they should have just stayed out on the road.

Similar to last season, the Bruins have struggled in front of the packed house every night at TD Garden. While the B's enter Thursday with a 12-5-3 home record, they're only 9-6-3 in front of the home crowd — that's including one win as the desginated "home" team playing on a different continent.

As the B's embark on a stretch in which they'll play five of their next eight games at home, there are a couple of areas in which the Bruins must be happy — the bounce-back performance of Tuukka Rask on Monday in Toronto, and the improved play of the first line featuring Nathan Horton, Marc Savard and Milan Lucic.

NESN's Naoko Funayama and Bruins beat writer Doug Flynn talked about all of those things on NESN Daily.