The Bruins have their marching orders before embarking on a challenging three-game trip to California next week: Take care of business Thursday night against the Predators in a rematch of the Dec. 23 game where they scored a season-high six goals, and then do the same in a weekend home date against a Winnipeg Jets team that’s starting to play with some desperation during a three-game winning streak.

Coach Claude Julien certainly doesn’t think there will be too much lackadaisical play from his team, which is mired in a two-game losing streak and coming off a poor effort against the New York Islanders. He isn’t expecting a carbon copy of the solid game against the Predators last week, but he’s looking for a winning effort.

“I think we capitalized on our chances, but we have to be careful here,” cautioned Julien. “When you look at the scoring chances, there wasn’t that big of a difference. They played well. They had some chances.

“What I liked about our team in that game is how well we managed the puck in all areas of the ice. You look at their forecheck, and they’re very aggressive. Their D’s will pinch. We didn’t panic. We used our speed, we moved the puck, and instead of turning pucks over we chipped the puck, and we were on top of things.”

They were most certainly not on top of things while losing to the Senators and Islanders in their last two games. The Bruins are hoping that Nashville once again is the cure for what ails their hockey club.