Boston Bruins vs. Dallas Stars| GAME PREVIEW

Hockey season is back folks and your Boston Bruins are more than ready to start the new season off when they face the Dallas Stars tonight at the American Airlines Center. With Game 7’s loss a lingering memory, many on the team have shown their excitement in the coming weeks leading up to tonight.  After a solid showing in the pre-season, the varsity team is looking to be finalized for tonight’s match-up.

FITTING IN THE PUZZLE PIECES

Bruins forward David Krejci is still a game-time decision for tonight after suffering a  lower-body injury during the preseason. The team itself has made many roster changes these past few weeks and the team is looking to start the season strong. Joakim Nordstrom  is also out with an undisclosed injury, forcing Bruins head Coach Bruce Cassidy to move some parts around. 

Boston Bruins
(Photo Credits: Matt Stone/ Boston Herald)

If Krejci sits out tonight, there’s a possibility that Par Lindholm would man the center position alongside Jake DeBrusk and Karson Kuhlman. There’s also the option of playing Brett Ritchie who could potentially hop on the fourth line if Krejci is good to go. Both Nordstrom and Krejci are traveling with the team (Joakim was seen skating with a maroon non-contact jersey).

EYE ON THE PRIZE

The Boston Bruins start their season on a clean slate as they play their first four consecutive games on the road, facing Dallas tonight. They play the Arizona Coyotes, Las Vegas Golden Knights and the Colorado Avalanche before heading back to to TD Garden where they face the New Jersey Devils. As Coach Cassidy noted that these next few games will prove to be a test, especially when they face a Phil Kessel-led Coyote team:

“I think it’s going to be very difficult-a good measuring stick, see where we’re at. You got three playoff teams and one everyone is talking being a playoff team in Arizona. There’s going to be no easy-not that there’s easy games in this league-but this trip there isn’t.”

Boston will face a Dallas team led by former San Jose Shark Captain Joe Pavelski. During the summer, Pavelski signed a three-year contract with Dallas after talks stalled between the two camps (even though the captain expressed interest in returning to the Sharks). The Stars have won 21 out of 25 home openers and will face the Bruins opening night for the first time in their franchise history. Provided that Krejci plays tonight, here are the projected lineups from this morning’s rushes:

Projected Bruins Lineup

Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak

DeBrusk – Krejci – Kuhlman

Heinen – Coyle – Backes

Kuraly – Lindholm – Wagner

Chara – McAvoy

Krug – Carlo

Grzelcyk – Clifton

Rask

Halak

Projected Dallas Stars Lineup

Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Joe Pavelski

Jason Dickinson – Roope Hintz – Alexander Radulov

Andrew Cogliano – Radek Faksa – Blake Comeau

Mattias Janmark – Justin Dowling – Denis Gurianov

Esa Lindell – John Klingberg

Miro Heiskanen – Andrej Sekera

Jamie Oleksiak – Roman Polak

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

WHEN TO WATCH: Tonight with Puck Drop at 8:30pm

WHERE TO WATCH: NESN, FS-SW

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