Hockey is back!
After a terrific, yet ultimately disappointing postseason, the Bruins are back and ready to start a new season for your entertainment.
There’s lots of little changes – Former Dallas Star, Brett Ritchie is now a Bruin, as is former Maple Leaf rookie Par Lindholm. Todd Angilly is finally the official anthem singer for Bruins home games. Local broadcaster NESN has redone their logo and branding.
The Bruins are now in a six-way tie for 2nd place in the Atlantic with a record of 0-0.
A promo video for the season opener has been published by the club:
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 3, 2019
What will be the lineup tonight?
Looking mostly ready, however the Bruins do have a few injuries to manage.
Defensemen Kevan Miller and John Moore start off the season on Injured Reserve and Long-term Injured Reserve respectively, opening spots for Urho Vaakanainen and Connor Clifton.
David Krejci has been struggling with an injury, but was skating at practice today (and not wearing a special jersey) but he is a game time decision. If he is unable to make it, Par Lindholm will take his spot at center, and Brett Richie will slide in at 4th line RW. Joachim Nordstrom has been skating in a red non-contact jersey, and is out tonight, on Injured Reserve.
Tuukka Rask will be in goal.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#40 Tuukka Rask||(#41 Jaroslav Halak)|
The Dallas Stars are in a six-way tie for last place in their division at 0-0. Will they contend this year? Maybe. They acquire Joe Pavelski, Andrej Sekera and Corey Perry in the offseason. Perry will not play tonight due to a foot injury. Their lines look as follows:
#14 Jamie Benn — #91 Tyler Seguin — #16 Joe Pavelski
#18 Jason Dickinson — #24 Roope Hintz — #47 Alexander Radulov
#11 Andrew Cogliano — #12 Radek Faksa — #15 Blake Comeau
#13 Mattias Janmark — #37 Justin Dowling — #34 Denis Gurianov
#23 Esa Lindell — #3 John Klingberg
#4 Miro Heiskanen — #5 Andrej Sekera
#2 Jamie Oleksiak — #45 Roman Polak
#30 Ben Bishop
(#35 Anton Khudobin)
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 6, 2019
LET’S GO BRUINS!