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Need to Know: Bruins vs. Ducks

Boston continues opening homestand with a Columbus Day matinee

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins will continue their first homestand of the season on Monday afternoon when they welcome the Anaheim Ducks to TD Garden for a Columbus Day matinee. Boston, which is off to a 4-1-0 start, will have Jaroslav Halak between the pipes.

Like the Bruins, Anaheim is off to a fast start - posting a 4-1-0 record of their own -including a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. First-year coach Dallas Eakins appears to have made an impact in the early going as the Ducks have allowed just six goals through five games, the second-fewest in the NHL behind Philadelphia (five goals in three games).

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B's Focused on Shaking Off the Rust

Boston's offensive game (three goals) has struggled through two games

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

LAS VEGAS - Bruce Cassidy is staying patient for the time being.

He knows that just two games into the regular season, some of the Bruins' bad offseason habits are still in the process of being kicked from their systems. So, while his charges have managed just three goals through two games - though both of them victories - Cassidy is not quite ready to slap the panic button.

"I wouldn't say frustration. I don't think we're playing the way we need to right now to score, not generating enough, let's start with that," Cassidy said following the Bruins' practice at T-Mobile Arena on Monday afternoon. "We're not playing off an original shot, we're trying to make plays through sticks that maybe aren't there.

"It's a lot to do with how you play in August. It's not really live, you're always trying to make that nice play instead of maybe a play that will generate a loose puck situation and off you go."

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Krejci Takes Another Step Closer

Center a game-time decision once again, but hopeful for return in Arizona

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. - David Krejci took another step toward returning from his lower-body injury on Friday afternoon, giving the Bruins more confidence that their No. 2 center will suit up for the team's second game of the season on Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes.

"Felt a lot better today. Did some battles at the end of practice, got through that fine," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said following the team's practice at Gila River Arena. "We're gonna rule him as a game-time decision. But I'm more confident that he'll get in tomorrow than I was yesterday morning. But it will be his call."

Krejci was also a game-time decision for Thursday's season opener in Dallas, but ultimately - in consulting with the medical staff - felt it was best not to rush back from injury so early in the season. The 33-year-old also wanted another practice to test out some contact, particularly battle work along the boards.

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Krejci A Game-Time Decision for Season Opener

Center says he will have better feel for status after Thursday's morning skate in Dallas

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - After suffering a lower-body injury in the Bruins' penultimate preseason contest, David Krejci is considered a game-time decision for Thursday's season opener against the Dallas Stars, per coach Bruce Cassidy.

Krejci, who was felled after just two shifts against the New Jersey Devils on Sept. 26, did practice in a regular white sweater during Wednesday's session at Warrior Ice Arena. The center had donned a maroon non-contact jersey on Monday and Tuesday.

The 33-year-old said following practice that he was feeling better but needed another day to determine whether or not he will be able to play against the Stars.

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Preparation Ratchets Up A Notch

With preseason over, Bruins turn their attention to Opening Night in Dallas

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - It all got a bit more real on Monday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, as the Bruins took their first steps toward preparing for Thursday's season opener against the Dallas Stars. Boston's practice focused on game-planning and building chemistry as Bruce Cassidy began formulating his lines and defense pairs for Opening Night.

"I think the group has shrunk a bit, so it's kind of nice to be with just the guys that are going to start the year with us," said Patrice Bergeron, who skated in his familiar top-line center spot alongside Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak.

"Kind of concentrate on what's in front of us and really keep working on that system and making sure everyone is on the same page. We have something to look forward to on Thursday."

Here are some other notes from Monday's practice at Warrior Ice Arena:

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Bruins Gearing Up for Preseason Finale

Boston was down to one practice group on Friday morning

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - As the start of the 2019-20 season inches closer, the Bruins were down to one practice group on Friday morning, following Thursday's round of cuts, which had 12 players sent to Providence. With Boston's roster beginning to take shape, the team's excitement for Opening Night is building.

"Definitely, we are less than a week away," said David Pastrnak. "You've been working the whole summer to get ready for the season and it's getting close…you can see it on the faces of the guys."

But before the Bruins turn their full attention to the Oct. 3 matchup with the Dallas Stars, the Black & Gold have one last preseason game to play as they'll welcome the Chicago Blackhawks to TD Garden on Saturday afternoon.

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Bergeron Eyeing Saturday for Preseason Debut

Center says rehab from groin injury is right on track

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Patrice Bergeron remains the lone member of the Bruins' leadership core yet to suit up for a game this preseason, but all indications point to Boston's No. 1 center (groin) making his debut during the exhibition finale on Saturday afternoon against Chicago.

"I think so. That's a fair assessment," said Bergeron, who practiced in a normal white jersey on Tuesday alongside Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. "I'm slowly feeling better on the ice and more comfortable. I'd like to be in Saturday for sure. If things go according to plan, it will be my first game.

"There's not much more to say than I'm feeling good, things are advancing and looking good."

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Carlo Feeling Back Up to Speed

Blue liner has gotten into a rhythm following contract signing

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins were back at work on Friday for their seventh day of on-ice training so far this camp. Here's a quick rundown of the day's news from Warrior Ice Arena:

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Bruins Get the Band Back Together

With McAvoy and Carlo signed, Bergeron practicing in full, things feel back to normal

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Everything felt back to normal at Warrior Ice Arena on Wednesday. For the first time this training camp, newly signed defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo were on the ice together for practice with the rest of the Bruins.

"They are our teammates," said Zdeno Chara. "Of course, you wish them the best and you always want to have that part of the game over with so everyone can focus on hockey and that's what's happening now. It's nice that we have everybody signed. Everyone is back together on the ice as a team. We can focus on having a strong preseason."

In addition to having McAvoy and Carlo back in the fold, Patrice Bergeron (groin) also practiced for the second time this week and was donning a regular white practice sweater for the session as he skated alongside familiar linemates Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Joakim Nordstrom (foot) also practiced in a normal practice jersey for the first time this camp.

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Sweeney: Carlo Negotiations Continue

After McAvoy deal, blue liner remains the only player missing from camp

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - With Charlie McAvoy now locked up for the next three years, the Bruins can shift all of their focus towards getting one of their other young blue liners locked up.

General manager Don Sweeney, while addressing McAvoy's new contract on Sunday afternoon, said talks continue with restricted free agent Brandon Carlo, who is set to enter his fourth full season in the NHL.

"As I've said, we've had a lot of communication with Charlie and it will be the same thing with Brandon," said Sweeney. "Every deal takes its time. That's my intention is to get back to work and get Brandon back in the fold as well."

Sweeney said the team has the cap space to ink the 22-year-old to a new deal, but also did not rule out the possibility of using long-term injured reserve for either Kevan Miller (knee) or John Moore (shoulder), both of whom are not expected to be ready for the start of the season.

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