Boston Bruins 0 pts (0-0-0)

vs

Nashville Predators 0 pts (0-0-0)

7 p.m. ET

TD Garden – Boston, MA

TV:NESN

Radio: 100.7 FM WZLX

Season Series/Schedule

Date

Game

GWG

5-Oct

NSH @ BOS

4-Dec

BOS @ NSH

 

2016-17 Team Leaders

Bruins

Predators

Brad Marchand, 85

Points

V. Arvidsson/R. Johansen, 61

Brad Marchand, 39

Goals

V. Arvidsson/F. Forsberg, 31

Brad Marchand, 46

Assists

Ryan Johansen, 47

 

The Bruins will open the 2017-18 regular season at the TD Garden in a very busy sports day for Boston fans which also includes a Red Sox playoff game and the Patriots on Thursday Night Football.

 

Head coach Bruce Cassidy was hopeful on Wednesday that both Patrice Bergeron (lower body) and David Backes (illness) would both be well enough to play tonight.  Both veterans were missing from today’s morning skate and Cassidy confirmed that they are both out versus the Predators.

 

Add this to the jaw injury that will keep defenseman Torey Krug out and the Bruins lineup looks interesting to say the least.  Ryan Spooner will get the chance to center Brad Marchand and rookie Anders Bjork.  Jake DeBrusk will make his NHL debut skating with David Krejci and David Pastrnak.

 

The Predators will have a bit of a different look from the team that came within two wins of the Stanley Cup last June.  James Neal, who had 77 goals over the past three seasons, is now with the Vegas Golden Knights and star defender Ryan Ellis is out until January with a knee injury. 

 

The Preds did add a trio of veteran newcomers to the mix during the offseason that Bruins fans are familiar due their time in the Eastern Conference in defenseman Alexei Emelin and forwards Nick Bonino and Scott Hartnell.

 

Fellow countrymen Tuukka Rask and Pekka Rinne will faceoff in goal tonight.

 

Probable Bruins Lineup

FORWARDS

Jake DeBrusk -David Krejci - David Pastrnak

Brad Marchand - Ryan Spooner - Anders Bjork

Matt Beleskey - Sean Kuraly - Frank Vatrano

Tim Schaller - Riley Nash - Noel Acciari

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Zdeno Chara - Brandon Carlo

Kevan Miller - Charlie McAvoy

Matt Grzelcyk - Adam McQuaid

GOALTENDER

Tuukka Rask (first start of the season)

INJURY REPORT

C-Patrice Bergeron (lower body) out, C-David Backes (illness) out, D-Torey Krug (jaw) out, D-Emil Johansson (undisclosed) out, C-Austin Czarnik (illness) out

 

Probable Predators Lineup

FORWARDS

Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson

Scott Hartnell - Nick Bonino - Kevin Fiala

Miikka Salomaki - Colton Sissons - Craig Smith

Cody McLeod - Calle Jarnkrok - Austin Watson

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Roman Josi - Matt Irwin

Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban

Alexei Emelin - Yannick Weber

GOALTENDER

Pekka Rinne (first start of the season)

INJURY REPORT

D-Ryan Ellis (knee) out

Source: lineups courtesy of Daily Faceoff & Left Wing Lock
Image Credit: AP