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Players Get Final Opportunity to Push for Roster Spot

by Caryn Switaj @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - The Bruins will play their second-to-last preseason game on Thursday night in Columbus against the Blue Jackets. 

Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. ET at Nationwide Arena. Live updates of the game will be available via Twitter @NHLBruins and via NHL GameCenter on BostonBruins.com. 

Below is the roster of players who are expected to travel for the game in Columbus.  

Forwards: Noel Acciari, Matt Beleskey, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Seth Griffith, Jimmy Hayes, Danton Heinen, Sean Kuraly, Dominic Moore, Riley Nash, Tyler Randell, Zac Rinaldo, Tim Schaller

Defensemen: Brandon Carlo, Christian Ehrhoff, John-Michael Liles, Colin Miller, Joe Morrow, Rob O'Gara

Goalies: Anton Khudobin, Malcolm Subban  

Below are the groups that skated together during pregame skate at Warrior Ice Arena on Thursday morning.

Jake DeBrusk - Riley Nash - Seth Griffith

Matt Beleskey - Austin Czarnik - Danton Heinen

Sean Kuraly - Dominic Moore - Noel Acciari

Zac Rinaldo /Jimmy Hayes - Tim Schaller - Tyler Randell

 

Christian Ehrhoff - Colin Miller

John-Michael Liles - Brandon Carlo

Joe Morrow - Rob O'Gara

 

Goalies: Anton Khudobin, Malcolm Subban  

 

Power Play 1: C. Miller, Ehrhoff, Czarnik, Beleskey, Heinen 

Power Play 2: Morrow, Liles, Griffith, DeBrusk, Nash

 

Notes 

- Another group of Bruins hit the ice at Warrior Ice Arena after the game group, including Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, Ryan Spooner, David Krejci, David Backes and Tuukka Rask.  

- Head Coach Claude Julien gave an update on defenseman Kevan Miller, who left Tuesday night's game in Quebec City in the second period. "Good news," Julien said of Miller's evaluation. "Day-to-day, so there was nothing major, so that's where he is - he's been deemed day-to-day."

- Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff remains with Boston on a Professional Tryout Agreement. "We need to see how he fits into our hockey club, so playing those games is not just about improving, but does he fit in our group? That's important," said Julien. "So he's playing tonight and there's a real good chance he's going to play Saturday also. Our goal is to give him the opportunity that he asked for, and we were willing to give him that opportunity because we need to see whether he can be a fit for our hockey club."

- Based on the morning rushes, forward Danton Heinen will skate on the right wing for the game, alongside Austin Czarnik and Matt Beleskey. While he's mostly been on the left throughout camp, and has played with a number of different players, he's not at all worried about the switch. 

"Either wing's fine. I played right wing in Denver, so left or right's fine," said Heinen. "For depth and versatility, you want to see how far you can go with certain guys and what they can give you, so he's getting an opportunity to play in different positions and he's done well with all of those," said Julien. 

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