Game Day Thread: Opening Night Against the Preds!

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Tonight’s the home and season opener for the Boston Bruins. Last season’s Western Conference champions are in town to start their season as well. It should be a good game. No pressure.

It’s too early for anyone to feel the pressure.

Let’s start with some bad news: Patrice Bergeron and David Backes are both out tonight.

The good thing is that there isn’t another game until the Monday Manatee game so these guys can heal up.

Tonight, the Bruins will start a bunch of rookies. They’ve earned their shots and let’s hope they keep taking them.

This new-look Preds team is led by newly-minted captain (and dreamboat) Roman Josi but has many holes to fill this season. James Neal is off to Vegas, Mike Fisher retired, and Ryan Ellis is recovering from a lower body injury that will keep him out of game action for the first 3-4 months.

After that horrific injury that resulted in a broken femur during the St. Louis playoff series, Kevin Fiala is back in the lineup to start the season.

My personal favorite center Nick Bonino is a late activation for the team as the Tennessean reports. Maybe I should smuggle some cheap-ass Korbel to throw to him on the ice?

POSSIBLE LINES

BRUINS FORWARDS

Marchand – Spooner – Bjork
DeBrusk – Krejci – Pastrnak
Beleskey – Kuraly – Vatrano
Schaller – Nash – Acciari

BRUINS DEFENSE

Chara-Carlo
Miller-McAvoy
Grzelcyk-McQuaid

BRUINS GOALIES

Rask
Khudobin

PREDS FORWARDS

Forsberg – Johansen – Arvidsson
Hartnell – Bonino – Fiala
Salomaki – Sissons – Smith/ Aberg
McLeod – Jarnkrok – Watson

PREDS DEFENSE

Josi – Irwin
Ekholm – Subban
Emelin – Weber

PREDS GOALIES

Rinne
Saros

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