"I think people are excited about our team this year, and we're excited to play at home," said forward Gregory Campbell
, who was traded to Boston from Florida during the offseason.
Campbell said that fans can expect a different looking squad to hit Garden ice this evening.
"It's different," said Campbell on Wednesday. "I mean, obviously [during] preseason...you don't have everybody in the line up. Everybody hasn't gelled quite yet, so having played four games already and...being pretty successful in those four games, and being on the road a lot, and creating that chemistry; you know, I think our team is a lot better off now than it was in preseason."
Fellow former Panther Nathan Horton
said that he has marveled at the attention hockey has gotten in Boston throughout the preseason and is looking forward to hitting the Garden ice in a regular season game.
"Yeah, I mean, it's, it's hockey. You know, it's crazy," said Horton. "When you're a hockey player, you want to be a part of that and be a part of this atmosphere.
"I think it's going to be nice to finally step on the ice for the first regular season game and for the home opener.
"It's going to be a lot of excitement."
Asked about the excitement level of rookie forwards Tyler Seguin
and Jordan Caron
, both of whom are expected to make their regular season Boston debut this evening, Julien commented on how the coaching staff might help the youngsters deal with their new environment.
Julien said that everyone handles things differently.
"I’ve seen a lot of players that have butterflies before games that are very good players and that’s the way they prepare the best," said Julien. "Other guys are just not nervous by nature, and you know, hopefully it works to [their] advantage.
] has been through a lot. I think, you know, with the draft, and then where he was ranked and all the attention he got, so at the end of the day, this is just another thing going through his program."
It certainly isn't just another thing to Horton, who has worn a smile ever since he was traded from Florida to Boston.
"This is a big one," added Horton on Thursday. "I’m so excited to play in front of our own fans, our own crowd. It’s going to be a fun game."
And it will be even more fun, given the nature of the Bruins locker room.
"You know, I think just everyone gets along," said Horton. "It’s fun to come to the rink when everyone is happy, everyone is talking, and you know, it’s a great place to be when things are going 'good' and hopefully things keep going 'good.'"