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Prospects Challenge: Bruins Ready to Take on Devils

by Eric Russo / Boston Bruins

BUFFALO – Kevin Dean does not expect perfection during this evening’s Prospects Challenge tilt between the Bruins and New Jersey Devils.

When mistakes ­– which are inevitable – are made, the Providence coach won’t be jumping down the throats of any of his players.

“I might not tell them anything,” Dean said following Sunday’s morning skate. “It might be one of those things where they don’t need to be told because they know.

“There are going to be pucks in the feet, scruffy play…stay strong on the puck and make sure you win your battles when you can. Win your share of them and let your game grow from there.”

Puck drop against the Devils is set for 7 p.m. at HarborCenter. Follow along on Twitter (@NHLBruins) for live updates.

Here is tonight’s projected lineup based on morning skate:

Forwards

Danton HeinenColby CaveJake DeBrusk

Anton BlidhSean KuralyJustin Hickman

Jesse Gabrielle – A.J. White – Colton Hargrove

Matt Mistele – Domenic Commisso – Peter Cehlarik

Defensemen

Jeremy LauzonMatt Grzelcyk

Josh Atkinson – Brandon Carlo

Jakub Zboril – Rob O’Gara

Goalie

Zane McIntyre

Dean confirmed McIntyre would start in goal and play the full 60 minutes. Forwards Drake Rymsha, Mark Naclerio, and Simon Stransky, defenseman Bailey Webster, and goalie Daniel Vladar will be the scratches, though Dean did say those five would play on Monday night against the Buffalo Sabres.

“We have some guys that are a little banged up up front – not banged up – but they’ve been rehabbing all summer,” said Dean. “I don’t want to put them in a tough spot in terms of their rehab and recovery. Our goal is to mix those guys in.”

Defenseman Linus Arnesson was injured during practice on Saturday and is unlikely to participate in the remainder of Rookie Camp, the team announced this morning.

“Just an upper-body injury,” said Dean. “Doesn’t look terrible, but we’ll see. Training camp to be determined. I think by the end of [main] camp there’s a good chance that he’ll be on the ice again.”

The 2016 Boston Bruins Rookie Camp is presented by AT&T.

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