Happy NHL Opening Night to those who celebrate.
But unfortunately, the list of those celebrating on Tuesday will not include the Bruins.
In fact, the Bruins are going to have wait until Saturday to start their 2021-22 season. And after Saturday, they’ll have to wait until next Wednesday to play their second game of the season. The wait is a killer for all involved. Especially those of us with no lives (hello, how are you, it’s me again, checking in from the great unknown).
“I think you’ll be better off for it eventually that you’ve had this rest. But right now, like practice was a little tougher to get going because guys are getting tired of practicing,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy admitted Monday. “They know the season’s starting this week and they want to get going. So we’ve got to keep focused in that regard, so we’ll switch it up. Like [Monday] we decided to scrimmage a little bit because maybe some live action is what they need to get them excited.”
The Bruins then had a Tuesday of situational hockey, and will have Wednesday off. The hope is that when the team returns to the ice on Thursday, they’ll see the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ with a Saturday puck-drop just two sleeps away.
“It’s still not until Saturday, so that is tough,” Cassidy said. “But it is what it is. In hindsight, could we have played another exhibition game a little later? Or too bad the league didn’t get one of those 17 games or whatever we’re playing in April on Wednesday or Thursday of this week, but there’s nothing we can do about that.”
(To Cassidy’s point, the Bruins will have a segment in April where they play a ridiculous 15 games in 28 days.)
If the Bruins can take comfort in anything, it’s that they have their roster set for the start of the season.
Their lines appear set, too. Behind the Bergeron Line, you’ll see Charlie Coyle between Taylor Hall and Craig Smith on the Bruins’ second line, an all-lefty line with Jake DeBrusk, Erik Haula, and Nick Foligno on line three, and Karson Kuhlman in place of the injured Curtis Lazar on the Black and Gold’s fourth line with Trent Frederic and Tomas Nosek.
The backend will see Derek Forbort with Charlie McAvoy together, Mike Reilly and Brandon Carlo on Boston’s second pairing, and Matt Grzelcyk with Connor Clifton on the bottom pairing.
Forward Anton Blidh, along with defensemen John Moore and Jakub Zboril, will make up the team’s healthy scratches.
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