Tonight is the night that fans have waited for since the end of May last year, the night that the 2013 Boston Bruins season will officially commence. While many teams spent their off-season signing big name players like Minnesota and Carolina, the Bruins held true to their Cup team and kept their core together.
The Bruins are opening up against an original six team the New York Rangers, a team that beat the Bruins in three of the four meetings last season. During the off-season New York signed heavy hitter Arron Asham to a contract to give them some more body to throw around. They also traded to receive high end Columbus Blue Jacket Rick Nash, a player whom a lot of people expected Boston to throw money at.
- The Bruins main focus tonight is going to be much of the same as last season, they need to remain focused and play a full sixty minutes of hockey. Star forwards like Seguin and Bergeron who played overseas have to stray away from the fancy stick skills that are encouraged over in Europe and focus more on setting up the play and crashing the net for rebounds.
- Tuukka Rask has a lot to prove to the city of Boston, steeping in as the full-time goaltender with a sour taste in many fans mouths after Tim Thomas took the year off and despite the Black and Gold scrimmage being a ‘glorified practice,’ letting the ‘little brother’ team take home a win. He has to remain confident in himself and relaxed and should redeem himself just fine with the Boston crowd.
- Dougie Hamilton will be sporting the #27 jersey that Mike Mottau donned last season for a short time, rather than the #53 jersey he was seen in practices with. He is expected to be paired up with Denis Seidenberg and will be making his Boston Bruins/NHL debut tonight.
- Chris Bourque will also be in the line up tonight as he has showed promise over the past week, scoring a goal and two assists in the Black and Gold scrimmage for Boston, proving he deserved to be on this team. He will be donning the #48 jersey alongside Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley on the third line, should the lines from the scrimmage hold true.
- Like most teams in the NHL the Bruins are making big decisions in a small time frame. However, for Boston those decisions aren’t as demanding as some of their surrounding teams. By keeping their core together and signing Seguin, Lucic, Kelly and Rask, there are only two roster spots open for Boston to fill. Their charisma and team dynamic should still flow together as we have seen in the past and should give Boston a leg up over other teams.
Rich Peverley – Chris Kelly – Chris Bourque
Dennis Seidenberg – Dougie Hamilton
Back-up: Anton Khudobin
The skates are sharpened, the helmets have been placed and the jerseys are ready, let’s get ready for some Bruins hockey. The puck drops at 7:00pm and is being aired on the NHL Network.
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