DETROIT — When the Bruins faced off against the Red Wings in Detroit on Saturday night, they iced a lineup that featured the minimum eight veterans.
On the opposing end, the Wings’ lineup boasted the likes of their captain Henrik Zetterberg, Justin Abdelkader, Gustav Nyqvist, Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson, with their top two lines that would likely start the regular season.
It could have been a lop-sided game, if not for the Bruins’ leaders paving the way for a young, hard-working team that wasn’t outbattled.
It was the Bruins’ third straight game featuring 3-on-3 overtime.
“Overall, I really liked our effort as a group,” Head Coach Claude Julien said postgame from Joe Louis Arena. “We had a young team tonight and they had quite a few of their vets — I wanted to see our guys compete and they did that.”
WILMINGTON — Malcolm Subban will get the start in goal for the Bruins on Saturday night, when they face off against the Red Wings in their first road game of the preseason at Joe Louis Arena (7:00 p.m. ET).
It will mark Subban’s second game of the preseason. He stopped all 17 shots he faced playing half of the Bruins’ game on Sept. 22 against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden — an eventual 2-1 win in overtime. He split the game with Zane McIntyre.
On Saturday, Subban will get his chance to play an entire game. Jeremy Smith, who got his shot at a full game on Thursday night (Sept. 24), will serve as the backup.
“Really looking forward to it. It will be pretty cool — last time I played in Detroit was a few years ago, didn’t go too well, so I’m hoping to have a better outcome this time,” Subban said following the Bruins’ morning skate at Ristuccia Arena on Saturday, before flying to Detroit.
BostonBruins.com - When Brandon Carlo’s name was called by the Boston Bruins at the 2015 NHL Draft, he was beside himself.
“I’m lost for words at the moment — I thought I was going to maybe be able to handle myself, but I can’t even barely think,” a soft-spoken, smiling Carlo managed to say, sitting at a podium and wearing his new Bruins’ hat and Black and Gold jersey with the Spoked-B. “It’s been unbelievable. It feels great to be a Bruin.”
After spending a week with the organization at July’s development camp, attending the rookie tournament and continuing on to main camp, Carlo can officially call himself a member of the Bruins, having inked a three-year, entry-level deal with the club on Friday.
The 18-year-old defenseman was the team’s first second-round pick at the draft at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., selected 37th overall.
Carlo had suited up in two preseason games with the Bruins when the signing was announced on Sept. 25.
WILMINGTON - Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, according to Head Coach Claude Julien.
“He’s day-to-day, which is good news for us — that’s what I’ve been told, so that’s all I can say right now,” Julien said following practice at Ristuccia Arena on Friday.
Chara left Thursday night’s preseason game at TD Garden against the New York Rangers within the first five minutes. The team announced during the first intermission that he had an upper-body injury and would not return to the game.
There are still two weeks of the preseason before the Bruins’ season opener on Oct. 8.
“It’s day-to-day — that’s all I’ve been told,” Julien reiterated, when asked about Chara being ready for the start of the regular season. “I’m not the doctor, obviously, but day-to-day is good news for me. I thought it might be worse [on Thursday] night.”
Chara’s short-term status is certainly good news, though it’s coupled with the news earlier this week that defenseman Dennis Seidenberg would be out approximately eight weeks after back surgery.
WILMINGTON — The Bruins hit the ice for practice at Ristuccia Arena on Friday morning as training camp continues along.
The group was comprised of players who did not suit up in Boston’s preseason game at TD Garden on Thursday night — a 4-3 come-from-behind shootout win over the New York Rangers that gave the Bruins their third straight victory of the preseason.
The group that played in the game had the day off on Friday.
“We’re giving some guys a little bit more time to play together in camp — you know, you see Beleskey with Krejci, I don’t think that’s any secret and we’re trying to hopefully get chemistry going there,” Head Coach Claude Julien said recently.
With four preseason games still on tap, there’s plenty of time to still get a feel of different combinations and experiment with lines if Julien and his staff don’t get the results they are looking for.
BOSTON — Forming a 23-man roster for Opening Night is at the forefront of training camp. The immediate future, the start of the 2015-16 Bruins’ season, is just over two weeks away.
There’s an important aspect of main camp, though, that will pay dividends far into the future beyond the upcoming campaign.
Camp is where recent draft picks play alongside NHL veterans and Stanley Cup Champions. It is where rookies put on the Spoked-B in front of fans at TD Garden for the first time. It is where they shoot on Tuukka Rask in practice, go to battle with Zdeno Chara in the corners and face off against Patrice Bergeron on the dot.
They see where they stack up against NHL talent, and they know what they need to hone in on for the future.
BOSTON - All it took was 12 seconds.
Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien spent the better part of his morning press conference with reporters on Tuesday talking about the NHL’s revised 3-on-3 overtime format.
The Bruins and Capitals were set to play the extra frame in preseason action on Tuesday night at TD Garden, regardless of the score at the end of regulation. The NHL is giving teams chances in the preseason to test out the format.
Well, with the score knotted at 1-1 after 60 minutes, all it took was 12 seconds for David Pastrnak to fire home a one-timer during the OT to lift the Bruins to a 2-1 win.
“I was OK with 12 seconds,” Julien smiled postgame.
If every Bruins’ overtime ends with that result, he’ll be a happy bench boss.
“There’s a good chance those are going to end quickly,” said Julien. “Because it doesn’t take much — one 2-on-1 or one bad pass behind the guy and he’s skating in the wrong direction, they pick it up, go the other way — it’s not going to take much.”
“What I liked is the way [we] scored that goal. It was great winning the faceoff, which I thought was a little bit of a challenge for us throughout the game even though it’s preseason — you know, when you don’t win faceoffs, you’re chasing the puck more than you’d like so we’ve got to get a little bit better there — but in that overtime we won the faceoff, we took control of the puck, we took just a couple of passes and the puck was in the net, so I was happy with that.”
BOSTON — When the Bruins face off against the Washington Capitals in preseason action on Tuesday night at TD Garden, David Krejci is expected to be centering a line with Matt Beleksey and David Pastrnak.
It will be the first look in game action for the trio.
While Pastrnak has rotated lines during the start of training camp, Krejci and Beleskey have been skating together since Day One.
“You always want to play with the same guys and keep working on chemistry every practice so with Matt, we’ve been playing together the whole camp so far,” Krejci said Tuesday morning. “So we kind of get the sense of each other, you know, kind of how to play and where to go in some areas, especially in offensive zone.”
“So it’s been good. I’ve been watching his shot, so I try to get him the puck as much as I can and he’s got a pretty heavy shot so hopefully we can put some pucks in the net tonight.”
BOSTON — The Bruins hit the ice for the fourth day of on-ice sessions at training camp on Monday morning at TD Garden.
The players who did not skate in Sunday night’s preseason game (a 2-0 win over New Jersey at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence) took to the ice first at 10:00 a.m., with the group consisting of mostly veterans and returning Bruins.
BOSTON — Every training camp is different, with new players and varying storylines, but there are some aspects that consistently remain the same from year to year.
There is always learning, and there is always competition. That goes for veterans, rookies and newcomers alike - whether you’re alternate captain Chris Kelly, new blueliner Matt Irwin or second and third year pros Brian Ferlin and Seth Griffith.
“You approach it kind of the same way,” Kelly said on Saturday following the second day of training camp on-ice sessions at TD Garden. “Every year, there’s competition and it pushes everyone, and new systems put in play — and most guys are smart enough to pick up new systems, and if they’re not, then you’re going to be left behind.”
“So I think you come in and you listen and learn and I think that’s the great thing also about this game - you’re always learning, every day. If it’s systems or different things to do off the ice to prepare yourself so you feel good on the ice, there’s all sorts of different things to learn, and I think that’s the approach you take.”
During the first few days of camp, players get back their skating legs, up the physicality and bring themselves up to speed. The Bruins’ first preseason game takes place on just the third day of camp this year (Sunday, Sept. 20), so there’s no time to sit back.