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Bruins Kicking Off Preseason in Montreal

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - The Bruins' preseason action officially kicks off on Tuesday night in Montreal against the Canadiens, with puck drop set for 7:30 p.m. ET at the Bell Centre.

There's no better way to skate the rust off than with a Bruins-Habs matchup, right?

Though it won't resemble the intensity of a regular season game or even close to a playoff game, and the lineups will be mostly comprised of younger players with a sprinkling of veterans, the always electric atmosphere will still be a great way to kick-start the preseason.

"We had the [the scrimmage] a couple of days ago but this is something else. I'm sure it's going to be a sellout and playing Montreal is always special," David Krejci said following a pregame skate at TD Garden, before the team jetted off to Montreal.

"I think it's a great preparation. We know they're going to be loud. It's the first game in a few months for us and for them and for their fans so it's going to be a good atmosphere, a good tempo. Lots of young guys are going to be playing, trying to show they can play with NHL players."

"So I'm looking forward to it and can't wait to get there and play the first shift."

Krejci is expected on the roster for Tuesday night, along with a handful of other veterans in Chris Kelly, Johnny Boychuk, Dennis Seidenberg and Loui Eriksson.

"It's always fun to be there and they always have a good crowd cheering them on," said Eriksson. "So it's definitely going to be fun to get the first game going here and try to build some chemistry with Krech and even for all of the other guys showing themselves."

With players pushing to make the big club, the preseason games will be a much better platform for players to prove themselves.

"I'm going to evaluate those guys based on those preseason games," said Head Coach Claude Julien. "I said that this week that some guys look really good in practice and they're flying and doing all of this stuff and they disappear in games, and you get guys in practice that don't look great and in games, they make things happen, so I've got to keep an open mind on everybody."

With roster spots on the line, the energy of a Bruins-Habs game should help get the players ramped up.

For goalie Malcolm Subban, it's always a unique situation heading into the Bell Centre. Mom and Dad will be in the stands, though they'll have an easier time on Tuesday night, with P.K. not slated to suit up for the Habs.

"Obviously, it's a little different for me going there, with my brother playing there and the reputation he has with this team," smiled Subban. "I'm just looking forward to being in the atmosphere and being in the environment."

Thinking about the Boston-Montreal rivalry naturally brings up memories from the end of last season.

"Of course, you always think about it a little bit," Eriksson sighed. "But tonight's just more a matter of getting into the system again and learning to play with each other, so I think everyone is going to try to do their best and try to win the game."

The Bruins' Twitter account @NHLBruins will provide updates from the game, while BostonBruins.com and the Bruins Mobile App will have postgame coverage. Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will have the call from Montreal on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Krejci-Eriksson Chemistry

With an opening on David Krejci's right wing, Loui Eriksson will be getting the first look. The pair haven't played together much aside from a few games at the end of the 2013-14 regular season, and a couple of days in training camp, but they appear to be finding each other on the ice.

"I'm looking forward to it, that's for sure. It's fun to play with him," said Krejci. "The scrimmage, the period and a half we played together, we created a couple of good scoring chances, so I'm looking forward to him to make some plays out there and we've got Fras [Matt Fraser] on the other side, he's a great shooter so hopefully we can create some offense and we'll see how it goes, hopefully we'll have a good game."

"He's such a smart player out there, he can really see the ice so well and make some nice plays so it will be nice to get a game and see how it works," said Eriksson. "Still have a while till the season starts so hopefully we can find some chemistry together and just work at it during the preseason.

Gagne Getting Another Gear

After a season out of action, tryout Simon Gagne is trying to get back up to speed, and the game in Montreal will provide another opportunity for him to find his timing and get back into the groove.

Playing with veteran Daniel Paille has helped him learn Julien's system and he's been steadily progressing every day in camp. Tuesday night should help him take another step towards where he wants to be mentally and physically.

Backup Duel

While there hasn't been much talk around the competition for the backup spot behind Tuukka Rask, with Niklas Svedberg next in line (and on a one-way deal, ensuring he'll earn an NHL salary this season), Malcolm Subban will try his best to make a push.

Both goalies will share time between the pipes in Montreal.

"Obviously, I'm not trying to look too far ahead or worry about it, I'm just trying to focus on myself and my play right now and making the best of the opportunity when I get the chance," said Subban. "That's all I can really do."

Expected Travel Roster vs. Montreal

Forwards: Anthony Camara, Jordan Caron, Loui Eriksson, Brian Ferlin, Matt Fraser,  Simon Gagne, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Daniel Paille, Tyler Randell, Carl Soderberg, Ryan Spooner, Ethan Werek

Defensemen: Johnny Boychuk, Chris Breen, Chris Casto, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, Dennis Seidenberg, David Warsofsky

Goaltenders: Malcolm Subban, Niklas Svedberg

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