|Murray (photo: JustSports Photography/AHL) |
"Yeah, I think, like we talked about it yesterday, between prospects camp and the days we’ve had here in Boston at training camp, it’s building up for that, that’s for sure, and now it’s here," he said. "I thought the guys skated well this morning.
"We fired through practice in about twenty minutes, just getting their legs underneath them. I thought the ice was in pretty good shape. It should be a good game.”
Murray admitted that he was also getting pretty pumped for the two-game series.
“There’s a wow factor for me," said Murray. "We had played down in Shelton [Connecticut] two years ago and the year prior to that, we played against New Jersey three years ago and then two years ago it was the Islanders.
"It’s a nice facility, but nothing compared to the Boston Garden. I was excited when I saw it. How I found out, I saw it online, that the games had been changed, it was really exciting.
"I thought was a great opportunity again, especially with a guy like Seguin, and a couple of the other guys like, Joe Colborne and Jordan Caron
," added Murray. "You got a bunch of first round picks playing, that’s a good chance to showcase them in the hometown.”
Murray gave fans some other names to look for tonight, as well.
"I am really impressed with both Ryan Spooner
and Jared Knight
," said Murray. "I think they are two guys who have kind of flown under the radar, maybe rightfully so, with Seguin, Colborne and Caron, maybe taking a little bit of a back seat. Both these kids are going to be real good hockey players, if they are not already."
And on the defensive end, Murray pointed to Matt Bartkowski
and Steve Kampfer.
"I had Steve Kampfer at the end of last year, and we were really impressed with him, the games he played in Providence," said the P-Bruins bench boss. "If they end up being a pair for me this year they are going to be as strong as you’re going to find as far as rookies go, stepping out of college and stepping right into American Hockey League. I’ve been really impressed with those two guys. A lot of guys have played well, but I think those for have been most impressive.”
Owing to their time with him in Providence -- and his ability to see the improvement in their games -- Murray added a few more names to the list.
"I talked about Arnie [Jamie Arniel
] in the last couple of days," he said. "I think that Jamie Arniel
, his asset is definitely his speed, and he needs to use it and when he does he is very effective.
"Alain Goulet he is coming back on an American League contract. I think he made some real strides, he was real raw last year when we first started, but by the end of the season he wasn’t where he needed to be, but he was getting there. It’s nice to see that he’s back in the fold, so the work that we put in watching him progress hopefully can continue this year.
"And [guys] like Matt Dalton and Adam Courchaine
, we’re familiar with these guys, they’ve played games in Providence. There’s some experience out there."
As far as tonight's lineup, Murray gave a couple of clues: "Goulet is a guy that actually won’t be playing tonight, because we want to take a look at the younger guys, he’s got a year under his belt where we’ve seen him play at the American League level, it’s more important to see the rest of the guys."
And the goalies?
"I am going to be talking to goalie Bob, and we will see what we come up with," said Murray of the goaltending assignments over the next two nights. "Tonight, Adam Courchaine
will be getting the start."