The Bruins might not know until game time which of their new faces will be in the lineup when they open their defense of the Stanley Cup against Philadelphia tonight at TD Garden (7 p.m. ET, Versus).
Defenseman Adam McQuaid
, a key part of the Bruins' top six last season, missed the last couple days of practice with flu-like symptoms. He skated this morning, but the Bruins plan to monitor his situation over the course of the day before determining if he can play.
If McQuaid can't go, Matt Bartkowski
would be one of two newcomers on Boston's back end. Joe Corvo
, who was acquired in a trade with Carolina over the summer, is scheduled to play.
Up front, free-agent signee Benoit Pouliot
and rookie Jordan Caron
alternated on left wing on a line with center Chris Kelly
and Tyler Seguin
during the morning skate. Coach Claude Julien
told everyone to come to the rink tonight prepared to play.