By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
After three straight road contests to begin the preseason, the Bruins will begin the true home stretch of their preseason slate, with a run of three straight home games at TD Garden beginning Monday night against the Flyers.
And it’s a Garden party that will include the preseason debuts of forwards David Krejci, Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, defenseman Zdeno Chara, and goaltender Tuukka Rask.
With all eyes on Krejci, too, as Bruce Cassidy will get his first in-game look at what Brett Ritchie, signed to a one-year deal this offseason, can do to the right of Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci on the B’s second line.
“Get to the net,” Cassidy said of the message to the 6-foot-4 Ritchie, who amassed a career-high 16 goals in 2016-17, but has scored just 11 over his last two seasons with the Stars. “He’s a big body, he’s got decent hands in tight.”
“[Ritchie] knows what he’s got to do, I know what I’ve got to do,” Krejci said of the potential second line combination. “We talked a little bit today, we’ll talk a little bit more before the game, what to expect from each other. We’ve got to go out there and show that we can play. I like what I see in practices, he’s a big guy, strong guy. He’s really good with the stick too.”
With Patrice Bergeron still working his way back from a groin injury, Charlie Coyle will get the call between Marchand and Pastrnak, turning The Perfection Line into The Really Good & Weymouth Line. (Not quite sure that nickname will stick.)
When it comes to Bergeron’s injury, though, the plan seems to be to let Bergeron decide whether or not he plays in a preseason contest this month, and it sounds as if Cassidy will allow him to make that decision on his own. Bergeron’s groin ailments have become chronic at this point, so the B’s seem more than willing to keep Bergeron off the ice as much as possible.
The Bruins are 1-0-2 this season, with their lone win coming against this Flyers group last week.
The game can be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with Judd Sirott and Bob Beers on the call.
Here are the complete lines and pairings for the Bruins…
Brad Marchand – Charlie Coyle – David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk – David Krejci – Brett Ritchie
Danton Heinen – Trent Frederic – Chris Wagner
Jakub Lauko – Sean Kuraly – David Backes
Zdeno Chara – Connor Clifton
Urho Vaakanainen – Alex Petrovic
Jakub Zboril – Josiah Didier