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Hockey's Back at TD Garden, as Bruins Prep for Preseason Action Against Caps

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - The Bruins are back in action at TD Garden on Wednesday night, with a preseason game against the Washington Capitals. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.

Boston's expected roster for the game includes veterans like Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask and Brad Marchand.

Ryan Spooner and Simon Gagne are the only players suiting up in a back-to-back situation, having played with the other group on Tuesday night in Montreal.

"It's an opportunity to see more of them," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said following Wednesday morning's sessions. "And they're all battling for spots and you want to make sure you give them great opportunities."

"At the same time, you want to make sure your team is balanced enough that you're competitive and you get a chance to look at certain players."

The roster also includes young players like Alexander Khokhlachev, Matt Lindblad and Justin Florek, all considered int the mix to be competing for spots.

Second year pro Seth Griffith will be a prospect to keep an eye on, as he's suiting up in his first-ever preseason game - and his first game in front of the fans at TD Garden.

"Yeah, it's pretty exciting, I haven't played a preseason game yet so I'm excited to get the first one under my belt and I'm looking forward to it," Griffith said following his morning skate.

Playing on the right wing alongside Bergeron and Marchand, as he has throughout the entire camp so far, will help ease his nerves.

"For sure, the first couple of shifts, I'll probably be pretty nervous," admitted Griffith. "But hopefully I can get the nerves out right away and just enjoy the experience."

"He's shown good skills, he's shown a lot of good things, so we're excited to watch him play," Julien said of the crafty winger who put up 20 goals and 50 points in his first season with Providence in 2013-14.

"Practices are different than games but so far in practice, he's been really good," added linemate Marchand. "He see the ice very well, he's very quick, very smart with the puck so he sees plays, is able to make them, and hopefully that will translate into the game tonight."

McQuaid Starting from Scratch

After battling injuries, bruising blueliner Adam McQuaid has been lauded at the start of camp for his conditioning and sharpness by Coach Julien and GM Peter Chiarelli.

"He's looked good in practice. There's no reason to believe he's not going to be a decent player tonight," said Julien. "I like his approach to camp so far, so we get a chance to have a good look at him tonight."

"It's been a challenge for him - the injuries have certainly been a challenge for him and it seems like he's got to start from scratch every time and it doesn't make it easy. When you play and you play a lot and you're healthy, you get yourself on a roll and it's been a while since he's been able to do that."

Hamilton Getting Game Action

Dougie Hamilton will be getting into his first preseason game on Wednesday night, after sitting out the scrimmage due to the surplus of defensemen at camp.

"Yeah I haven't played since we lost, so it's been a while, and just practicing isn't the same as playing," said Hamilton. "So I'm excited to play and get back into the speed and everything, so it will be fun."

Projected Lineup vs. Caps

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Seth Griffith
Justin Florek - Bracken Kearns - Jared Knight
Matt Lindblad - Ryan Spooner - Alex Fallstrom
Simon Gagne - Alexander Khokhlachev - Ville Leino

Zdneo Chara - Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski - Adam McQuaid
Chris Breen - Zach Trotman

Goalies: Tuukka Rask, Jeremy Smith

*David Krejci and Loui Eriksson took rushes in place of Ryan Spooner and Simon Gagne during Wednesday morning's skate, as spooner and Gagne are the only two players suiting up for the back-to-back after playing in Montreal Tuesday night.
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