Boston Bruins

  • There’s no Cup or specific banner on the line, but the Bruins will take to the ice Saturday night at TD Garden with a chance at tying an NHL record, as a visit from the Blackhawks will present the Bruins with an opportunity to push their record to a perfect 11-0-0 on home ice out of the gate.

    Should that happen, Jim Montgomery’s Bruins would officially tie the 2021-22 Panthers and the 1963-64 Blackhawks for the longest home winning streak to begin a season.

    And, again, no Cups or banners on the line. But it is something that Montgomery thinks could help his team when it comes time to earn that Cup and banner.

    “It is an opportunity to motivate in the sense that here’s an opportunity to tie a record that’s [in] the history of the NHL, right?” Montgomery said following an optional morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena. “Because of that, we don’t worry about tying the record, but what it does is if you put yourself in the playoffs, you gotta win a game if you’re down 3-2, you don’t get focused on the result, you really start to immerse yourself in the process.

    “And if the process is really good, it allows us to stay in the moment. And a lot of times when you’re losing a lot or you’re winning a lot, you lose the staying in the moment and you think about the past and it might incur in the future, and both create anxiety. So we were trying to focus and stay in the moment. This is an opportunity that provides us that.”

  • Nov 7, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) and right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrate a goal by left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) during the first period against the St. Louis Blues at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 7, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) and right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrate a goal by left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) against the St. Louis Blues at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

  • What’s been fascinating about the Bruins’ hot start, especially at home, is that they’ve rarely played from behind.

    In fact, through 10 games at TD Garden this season, the Bruins have trailed for a combined 9:34. That’s less than a minute per game, and it’s a borderline video game-esque figure. And it’s no secret that playing a lockdown brand of hockey with the lead is what elevates any team from good to downright elite.

    And there’s an awful lot to credit when it comes to the Black and Gold’s home cooking, from the building itself to the crowd to even the musical selections coming from the Garden control room on level nine.

    I think it’s the atmosphere in certain buildings and we’re one of the buildings that has it,” Montgomery offered. “I think our fanatic fans give us an extra edge. The only thing I wish is I wish they played that song — Shippin’ Up to Boston — in the first or second [period] and not the last six minutes.”

  • Oct 18, 2022; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Boston Bruins goalie Jeremy Swayman (1) stretches prior to the start of the first period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers/USA TODAY Sports

    Oct 18, 2022; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Boston Bruins goalie Jeremy Swayman (1) stretches prior to the start of the first period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers/USA TODAY Sports)

  • In net, Bruins netminder Jeremy Swayman will make his first start since Oct. 27, and his first appearance since suffering a lower-body injury in relief of Linus Ullmark in a Nov. 1 contest in Pittsburgh.

    Swayman’s return to play comes after serving as Ullmark’s backup on Thursday night, and with the Bruins hoping that Swayman picks up on where he left in his last start, with a 28-of-29 victory in that aforementioned Oct. 27 start, which came on Garden ice and against the Red Wings.

    “I thought his last start was real good,” Montgomery noted ahead of Swayman’s start. “And obviously he came [into the game] in Pittsburgh and he stopped every shot there and his competitive spirit in that game, I think, helped us in that comeback before he got injured.”

    Swayman 2-1-0 with an .878 save percentage through four appearances this year.

  • BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - NOVEMBER 07: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins celebrates with Brad Marchand #63 and Jake DeBrusk #74 after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the third period at the TD Garden on November 07, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Fluharty/Getty Images)

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – NOVEMBER 07: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins celebrates with Brad Marchand #63 and Jake DeBrusk #74 after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues on November 07, 2022. (Brian Fluharty/Getty Images)

  • In front of Swayman, the Bruins will stick with the same lineup they iced in Thursday’s win over Philly.

    That means that Craig Smith will remain out of the lineup as the Black and Gold’s healthy scratch up front, while Jakub Zboril will serve as the team’s healthy scratch on defense. That keeps A.J. Greer in the lineup up front, while Anton Stralman will remain in action and skate to the left of Brandon Carlo on Boston’s third pairing.

    On a lineup note, the Bruins will wear their Reverse Retro jerseys for this contest. It will be the second of six ‘Reverse Retro’ games currently on the schedule for the Bruins this season.