Boston Bruins

Mar 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Vitek Vanecek (41) makes a save against Boston Bruins center Jack Studnicka (23) during the first period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

With just two preseason games left on their schedule, the Bruins will use Monday night’s road contest in Philly serve as a potential final chance for some of the team’s youngsters to make their NHL push.

Up front, that group is set to include Samuel Asselin, Anton Blidh, Trent Frederic, Jesper Froden, Curtis Hall, Cam Hughes, Joona Koppanen, Karson Kuhlman, Jakub Lauko, Curtis Lazar, Oskar Steen, Jack Studnicka, and Chris Wagner.

And based on Monday’s morning skate, it appears that you’ll see Studnicka and Lauko together with Froden on the right wing as the B’s ‘pushers’ line. Studnicka has certainly been one of the most impressive Bruins skaters in camp, but has a numbers game working against him as a natural centerman, while Lauko has been limited by a lower-body injury.

The Bruins will also take a look at a potential fourth line option for them in 2021-22, with Lazar centering a line with Frederic and Wagner on the wings. This could be a heavy-duty banger line for the Bruins should Tomas Nosek miss time to injury or get moved up the lineup at any point during the season.

On the point, the Bruins will lean on defensemen Jack Ahcan, Connor Clifton, Tyler Lewington, Brady Lyle, John Moore, Nick Wolff, and Jakub Zboril as their options for tonight’s contest.

And in net, the B’s are expected to go with Jeremy Swayman for the full 60, but with Troy Grosenick and Kyle Keyser also in town as potential backups should the situation call for a move in net.

The Bruins come into tonight’s game with a 2-1-1 record through four preseason contests this fall.

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