Here it is, kids, the time to put NHL training camp to the test and see who is in shape and ready for the demanding regular season. The Boston Bruins unleash their squad for this 2013-14 coming season later this evening, in Montreal and the puck drops at 7:00 PM. This long time rivalry shall provide great footage to any opening of a season, so be ready!
It will be Malcolm Subban in net for the Bruins, and his brother is none other than the ever-loved PK Subban in a Montreal jersey! This window of play time appears to be made of a true test platform for any goalie's performance. And why not? The pre-season is where you work out the kinks, see who is sharp and on their 'A' game...allow the younger players to show what they offer. Chara, Gregory Campbell, Adam Morrison, and Tyler Randell will remain behind in Boston to prepare for the regular season and continue to train.
Do not forget fans, that Montreal unexpectedly finished second in the East last year and are starting rumblings that they are the same team that left NHL ice over the summer. After seeing another preview in Toronto, Canada may simply be who to beat and with the Olympics coming up, something to keep in the back of the brain, just saying. Never hurts to prepare and just hope for good solid, old-time rivalry hockey this evening and no disappointments.
Another important factor to keep in mind though, is that Montreal lost their Monday opener to Buffalo in a tight 5-4 loss, so the Bruins may be able to capitalize on this loss and any areas the Habs may need to work some on still. Knowing this Boston squad, and Claude I think they will handle things accordingly and rather well. Both teams host some grand young and fresh talent to evaluate and show off some, the Bruins have some Providence talent with: Craig Cunningham, Alex Fallstrom, and Ryan Spooner; while the Habs boast Daniel Briere from the Flyers camp along with their own fine roster of new blood and faces.
A showdown of Subban's would provide a nice level of sibling rivalry enhanced by jersey's worn, but rest assured any competition involving the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins will always entertain either as a grand net slaying, light physical dancing like any reunion can produce or a simple contest of the best against the best on ice. This promises to launch a good and season long rivalry to write new history possibly.
Here are your remaining line ups for tonight's game:
Forwards: Anthony Camara, Craig Cunningham, Alex Fallstrom, Rob Flick, Matt Fraser, Jarome Iginla, Nick Johnson, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Daniel Paille, Carl Soderberg, Ryan Spooner, Shawn Thornton
Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Tommy Cross, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Zach Trotman, Ben Youds
Goalies: Chad Johnson, Malcolm Subban
Forwards: Travis Moen, Gabriel Dumont, Michael Blunden, Daniel Brière, David Desharnais, Ryan White, Christian Thomas, Max Pacioretty, Louis Leblanc, Nick Tarnasky, Charles Hudon, Stefan Fournier
Defensemen: Douglas Murray, Jarred Tinordi, Josh Gorges, Francis Bouillon, P.K. Subban, Darren Dietz
Goalies: Carey Price, Robert Mayer
Stay tuned, as the Bruins then take on the Capitols and the Red Wings still in the pre-season play and then their home opener for the regular season will be against the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 3rd at a 7:00 PM puck drop. There is plenty more Bruins action to come and thank goodness for small favors!
I have always followed goalies rather closely, as Bernie lit the flame on my fan's addiction and even though the Habs are not my team, I do prefer to catch Carey Price in there net! This gem against the Subban's facing off alone makes a good match but the Montreal - Bruin rivalry is priceless any time!
Catch ya on the game side, in Montreal! GO BRUINS!!!!
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