PRE-SEASON: BRUINS (0-0-0) @ CANADIENS (0-0-0)
It will be an evening of unfriendly reunions Tuesday night at the Bell Centre when the visiting Boston Bruins face the Montreal Canadiens for the first time since being eliminated by their eternal rivals four months ago in the second round of the 2013-14 NHL Playoffs.
The first pre-season contest this year for both Original Six franchises, expect rookies to be in the spotlight for both sides on Tuesday, as Nikita Scherbak, Jiri Sekac, Sven Andrighetto, Jacob De La Rose, Michael McCarron and Charles Hudon will all be in the starting lineup for the Habs. Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec and Rene Bourque, meanwhile, will lend a bit of veteran presence to the night, and goalies Dustin Tokarski and Joey MacDonald will share the work between the pipes.
On the other side of the ice, Malcolm Subban will be protecting the Bruins net, but sibling rivalry won’t be in effect in Montreal this time as brother P.K. is a healthy scratch for the Habs. Backing up the younger Subban for Boston will be Niklas Svedberg.
Among the hopefuls on the ice on Tuesday, head coach Michel Therrien will likely have his eye on Scherbak, who impressed during Monday’s intrasquad scrimmage, but now has a chance to prove his worth opposite actual NHL adversaries. He’ll be flanking Tomas Plekanec opposite fellow newcomer Jiri Sekac.
Simon Gagne will be in the line-up for the Bruins after being invited to training camp by head coach Claude Julien, as will veterans David Krejci, Loui Eriksson, Dennis Seidenberg and Johnny Boychuk, while notable absences to the Boston roster include Milan Lucic, Zdena Chara and Patrice Bergeron.
Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.
Here is the full line-up for tonight’s game: