Wednesday’s preseason finale felt like an overdue confirmation.
At least when it came to B’s Opening Night roster, as the Bruins most definitely iced what everyone should consider to be their optimal 12-forward, six-defenseman lineup entering Oct. 16 against the Stars.
Up front, you’ll have Patrice Bergeron between Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak on Boston’s top line, and Charlie Coyle looked healthy enough to confirm that he will be the one centering Taylor Hall and Craig Smith on line two. In the bottom six, an all-lefty line with Erik Haula between Jake DeBrusk and Nick Foligno is your third line, and the fourth line will have Trent Frederic on the left, Curtis Lazar on the right, and ex-Vegas pivot Tomas Nosek in the middle.
On the backend, Derek Forbort will begin the year as Charlie McAvoy’s partner on the top pairing, Mike Reilly and Brandon Carlo will continue to patrol the blue on the second pairing, and Matt Grzelcyk and Connor Clifton will make up the third pair.
And with Troy Grosenick waived, the Bruins are officially going with the Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark tandem, as you should’ve expected the moment the team traded Daniel Vladar to the Flames.
That leaves three spots for seven skaters still with the Black and Gold’s main camp.
And though it may seem obvious who the Bruins will ultimately decide to keep around, they remain a team with options.
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