- Day 5 of Training Camp for the Bruins kicked off with a 10:00 a.m. practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, MA, before the team was set to travel to Montreal for the first preseason game against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre at 7:00 p.m. ET. Coverage of the game can be found on NHL Network (TSN2 and RDS in Canada), 98.5 The Sports Hub and on Twitter @NHLBruins
"Group B" from Training Camp all week is the first set of B's to see game action, with those in "Group A" likely to travel to Baltimore for the match-up with the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.
The short practice resembled a pregame skate, with projected lines for tonight as follows:
The defensemen on the ice in Wilmington - Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski, Zach Trotman, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller and Tommy Cross - were rotating pairings and sides, so be sure to follow @NHLBruins for the projected pairings during pregame warm-ups, which begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Bell Centre.
Forward Rob Flick and camp invite, blueliner Ben Youds, are both listed in the lineup for tonight's game in Montreal, but did not hit the ice today before traveling.
Chad Johnson and Malcolm Subban will be splitting time between the pipes, as we see the first Malcolm vs P.K. brotherly rivalry match-up of their careers. Subban will be suiting up in his first-ever preseason game as a Bruin, with Johnson also making his debut in the spoked-B.
We've seen Lucic, Krejci and Iginla begin to form chemistry this week at camp, but we'll finally get to see them at game speed, something the trio is looking forward to as well.
"Once you get to games and things happen a lot quicker and more natural, you get a better feel for where guys are going and where we all go naturally, where we want the puck and how we talk to each other," said Iginla. "You can't replicate that in practice. That's an important part of preseason. It's definitely more fun playing in the regular season, but it has a purpose in getting ready and getting back into it and getting that timing and working on chemistry."
Campbell, Bergeron Not Yet Cleared
Zdeno Chara and Gregory Campbell will not be making the trip, though they skated with Group B at camp this week. Zee's absence is likely to allow room for the young players in the B's system to see game action. Alex Fallstrom will be sliding into Campbell's spot on the "Merlot Line" for tonight.
Campbell's absence is due to the fact that he is yet to be cleared for game action, as he continues to recover from the broken leg he suffered in June.
"He's very close and could probably play is what I've been told," said Julien. "We're just being cautious, we're going to hold him off there for a little bit more."
"I have a pretty good feeling he'll play in some preseasons before the season starts."
As for Patrice Bergeron's recovery, "same thing," said Julien. "It'll be more when he feels he's ready to go but he's looking good. So both of those guys should be in some preseason games."
On Sunday night, Buffalo defeated Montreal, 5-4, in the shootout, with Michael Bournival scoring twice for the Habs. Peter Budaj, who stopped 10 of 12 shots in the loss, shared time between the pipes with Zachary Fucale who saved 13 of 15 shots. With a separate group of Habs tonight, it will obviously be a different look, with the Bruins facing Carey Price and Robert Mayer in goal. For both clubs' lineups for tonight, click here
The last time the Bruins faced the Canadiens during the preseason was prior to the 2011-12 season, with back-to-back games in Halifax and Montreal. The B's took both, winning by scores of 7-3 and 2-1, respectively.