Boston Bruins 0 pts (0-0-0)
Nashville Predators 0 pts (0-0-0)
7 p.m. ET
TD Garden – Boston, MA
Radio: 100.7 FM WZLX
NSH @ BOS
BOS @ NSH
2016-17 Team Leaders
Brad Marchand, 85
V. Arvidsson/R. Johansen, 61
Brad Marchand, 39
V. Arvidsson/F. Forsberg, 31
Brad Marchand, 46
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
Jake DeBrusk -David Krejci - David Pastrnak
Brad Marchand - Ryan Spooner - Anders Bjork
Matt Beleskey - Sean Kuraly - Frank Vatrano
Tim Schaller - Riley Nash - Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara - Brandon Carlo
Kevan Miller - Charlie McAvoy
Matt Grzelcyk - Adam McQuaid
Tuukka Rask (first start of the season)
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
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Scott Hartnell - Nick Bonino - Kevin Fiala
Miikka Salomaki - Colton Sissons - Craig Smith
Cody McLeod - Calle Jarnkrok - Austin Watson
Roman Josi - Matt Irwin
Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin - Yannick Weber
Pekka Rinne (first start of the season)
D-Ryan Ellis (knee) out