BostonBruins.com - After nearly five months, the Bruins are preparing to play a hockey game on Thursday night. It won't count for anything in the record books, but the Black & Gold's exhibition contest against the Columbus Blue Jackets will certainly carry plenty of meaning as the B's finally return to the ice for their first game action since March 10 in Philadelphia.
"I think we're gonna play a pretty fully lineup, I expect Columbus will [too]," said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. "What I've seen from the [other exhibition] games is the pace is very, very high. Guys have their legs, they're flying around. Execution's a little bit off, managing the puck is always a challenge your first few games to get back to playing safer hockey when there's no play to be made, as opposed to open-ice shinny type stuff.
"I think everyone's ramping up for the play-ins or the round robins…I think you'll really see the physicality start to ramp up after the [exhibitions]."