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Exhibition #6: Bruins @ Canadiens

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
7:19 p.m.

Shall we live blog?

7:14 p.m.
The Bruins lines...

7:06 p.m.
Krejci is 50/50 for the home opener...
When the Bruins arrived at the Bell Centre Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien gave a little good news to the media corps waiting for him outside the B's locker room -- David Krejci is progressing nicely and while he is a longshot for Saturday's exhibition game, he is a 50/50 shot for Thursday's regular season opener.

This morning David himself told why.

"I’ve been practicing already over a month and I’m getting kind of tired of practicing," said Krejci as he readied to join the club on a two game exhibition roadie. "Hopefully I’ll be back pretty soon, and get back in the game with the guys.

"That’s what I was working for all summer and I can’t wait for the first game to come."

David was asked if he still had the 10% chance he predicted in terms of the first game.

"I think the chance is a little bigger right now," said Krejci hours before Julien confirmed his optimism. "It’s going to be, I guess, a game day decision.

"It’s going to be very close so hopefully I’ll be ready, but if not, I’ll be back pretty soon."

It seems as if David's hard work has paid off.

"Well they said four to six months and next week it’s going to be four months," he said. "All summer...I basically only had two weeks off.

"I went home...for two weeks and even back home I was working very hard and trying to get back in shape.

"The doctor told me that it’s a good thing that I did [work] everyday and I didn’t take a day off -- that’s what made progress much faster," he said.

7:05 p.m.
It's Thomas vs. Halak.

1:15 p.m.

Good friend Dave Stubbs from reports:

Canadien's lines...
Latendresse-Gomez-A. Kostitsyn
Moen-Maxwell-S. Kostitsyn

12:38 p.m.
Tonight's roster: Bergeron, Sobotka, Wheeler, Whitfield, Hamill, Kobasew, Lefebreve, LoVecchio, MacDonald, Marchand, Ryder, Recchi, Boychuk, Fata, Ference, Mcquaid, Stuart, Wideman, Thomas and Sabourin.

9:36 a.m.
Practice does not begin until noon and the length of practice is TBA.

8:34 a.m.

The Bruins had -- essentially -- their last true practices of Training Camp '09 on Wednesday.

Today, the club travels to Montreal, Quebec to face the Canadiens for the first of three straight preseason games in three days. After tonight's contest, the Bruins will bus to Ottawa, Ontario and a Friday night tilt with the Senators. Following their flight home early Saturday morning, the Black & Gold will finish the preseason docket at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

BTW: In contrast to previous seasons, the game against the Jackets marks the beginning of a six-game home stand (1 preseason, 5 regular season) for the Bruins.

Wednesday's two session practices may have been the longest of the preseason and considering the look of the two groups, it seems clear that the shape of the 2009-10 Boston Bruins is emerging.

"[This] was the best way to do it," explained Claude Julien of his practice lineups and the need to start forming his roster. "The first group will continue to play and some of those guys still have to fight for a job here.

"It’s just important to put our team, our four lines and six D’s, together and go from there.'

Talking about the sessions, Julien seemed pleased.

"It allowed us to have a better quality practice because our players know what we are looking for out of them and kind of picked up the pace a little bit as well," said Julien. "Because [the team] hasn’t had the chance to practice together much, we got a little complacent in some games and it doesn’t seem to be as important to detail so we have to get back to doing those things well.

"That’s why I said after the game yesterday we have some work to do before the season starts and we have to get ourselves back on track here and start doing those little things that allowed us to win some big games last year."
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