BostonBruins.com - Ready to do this all over again? The second group of Bruins practiced at 10:00 a.m. before traveling to Baltimore to face off against the Washington Capitals in what is being pegged as the "Baltimore Hockey Classic."
Game time is 7:00 p.m. ET at Baltimore Arena and you can follow live updates on Twitter @NHLBruins, as the game is not being broadcast locally on TV or radio (the game will be broadcast in the Washington, D.C. area on CSN).
Projected Lineup vs Caps
Brad Marchand-Alexander Khokhlachev-Loui Eriksson
Jordan Caron-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Jack Downing-Carter Camper-Jared Knight
Justin Florek-Matt Lindblad-Bobby Robins
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
David Warsofsky-Johnny Boychuk
Joe Morrow-Chris Casto
Tuukka Rask, Niklas Svedberg
Bergeron Stays Back
Similar to the caution exercised with keeping Gregory Campbell back in Boston on Monday, as he continues to get to 100 percent in his recovery, Patrice Bergeron did not make the trip with his group, either.
Bergeron joined Campbell and a host of players that included Zdeno Chara on the ice at Ristuccia Arena for a skate after the travel group got in their pregame session.
"I’m just going to have to talk with the trainers and see when it is a good fit for me," said Bergeron. "But so far I’m feeling good in practices, and I feel like I’m getting my touch back."
In his place, Alexander Khokhlachev will slide in as the centerman alongside Marchand and Eriksson, serving as a great opportunity for the 20-year-old to see his first action in the spoked-B.
"We moved him up there because he’s a good offensive player and you know, as you say, making adjustments to our line with Bergeron being out."
"He’s a skilled player, he works hard and he’s got a great opportunity here to play with some real good players so if I were him, I’d takeadvantage of that."
Bruins vs Habs Rewind
Monday night, the first group of Bruins to play in preseason action earned a 6-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens in the always raucous atmosphere of the Bell Centre, with two goals each from Jarome Iginla and Nick Johnson, and one each from David Krejci and Zach Trotman. The big story of the night was the B's going 4-for-6 on the power play, though as Head Coach Claude Julien noted, it's only the preseason. Still, Julien liked his team's puck movement and how they found the seams, so it was a boost of confidence for the B's oft-talked about man-advantage.
We also saw the line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Jarome Iginla in game action for the first time, and the result was a natural fit for "Iggy," who scored twice on feeds from Lucic.
"He shot the puck well, he was solid along the walls and made some good plays," Julien said following the game. "So it seemed like a seamless transition [from Horton to Iginla] to be honest with you. Tonight, they looked really good. So hopefully they continue to work on their game and their chemistry and continue to get better."
"It's a good start for him but at the same time I thought our young team played well," added Julien. "A lot of things that we worked on in those first four days you could see paid dividends because everybody seemed to be on the same page and knew what to do and our guys went out there and played hard."
Julien also liked his team's transition game in Monday night's win and the play of Malcolm Subban in his spoked-B debut. Though he only faced 12 shots, Coach said he seemed poised and in control of every save he made.
While only one group of B's played on Monday, the other got to take in the action, and look forward to their turn on Tuesday night.
"I thought everyone looked really good, you kind of sit there wishing you were playing so I think it will be good to get out there tonight and start playing again," said Dougie Hamilton, who looks forward to mirroring the effort with his squad tonight (though he's not so sure he'll be notching four power-play goals like that group).
"Just get used to the game again and speed and try to keep it simple. it's not the best hockey, just try to keep it simple and have fun."
Your Turn, Loui
With Jarome Iginla potting his first two in Black & Gold against the Habs, Loui Eriksson's on deck as he makes his debut in the spoked-B tonight.
"It’s definitely going to be nice to get the first game going, just get into game shape and I think that’s good to have some games before the season starts," said Eriksson. "I’m looking forward to it."
"Two different players, but definitely a little more pressure on him now that Iggy went and scored a couple of games," smiled Eriksson's left winger, Brad Marchand. "So it’ll be fun, we’re excited to play tonight and get used to one another out there."
"We’ll see how it goes tonight," laughed Eriksson, who enjoyed taking in Iginla's debut. "But two goals, that was good for him and it was nice for them to win."
Eriksson and his squad will be expecting the same of themselves tonight.
The Caps will be icing a team with plenty of vets in their lineup Tuesday night, including captain Alex Ovechkin and alternate captains Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green, with goaltender Braden Holtby and forwards Troy Brouwer and Marcus Johansson also in the lineup.