BOSTON - The Bruins return to Causeway Street on Thursday night for their first home exhibition contest against the Philadelphia Flyers and will dress much of their expected varsity roster. Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, Taylor Hall, Craig Smith, Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, and Matt Grzelcyk are among those expected to make their preseason debuts.
"Tonight is the first go for our main guys," said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. "We put them all on the lines that they're comfortable with and then we may mix and match as we go. There's not a ton of time. I'm not worried about Bergy's line, they've been together a long time. It's the other three combinations, there's some newness…practice will help, the 10 days [between the preseason and the opener], but there's nothing like live action to do it."
Here's everything else you need to know ahead of the 7:30 p.m. ET puck drop on TNT and 98.5 The Sports Hub: