BostonBruins.com - The Bruins have back-to-back preseason road games on tap this weekend against the Capitals and the Red Wings.
They first travel to Washington, D.C. on Friday to face the Capitals at the Verizon Center at 7:00 p.m. ET and then to Detroit for Saturday's matchup at Joe Louis Arena.
BostonBruins.com - There were times last season when Marchand thought to himself, "Oh no…"
The Bruin wasn't feeling good. He'd lose his stamina. He'd lose his legs late in shifts. Though he was by no means out of shape, he wasn't where he wanted to be.
He mixed in more workouts and bike rides, but during the season amidst game action is not a time for catching up. The playoffs didn't feel much better.
By the looks of the 2014-15 Brad Marchand, just a week into training camp, he's not going to be faced with those moments this season.
Both he and his centerman Patrice Bergeron have had midseason jump to their game, whether it's in practice, a scrimmage, or a preseason game like the one that Boston won 2-0 over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night at TD Garden.
"Yeah, I think Bergy is Bergy. I think the big difference there is that Marchy is in better shape," Head Coach Claude Julien said following the game. "When you say in better shape, he wasn’t lazy last year. I think if you’ve talked to him - and we had that conversation at the end of last year - I don’t think he trained properly for what needed to be done there."
"He changed his training and tactics a little bit, and I think he seemed to get tired quickly. He seems in better shape cardiovascular-wise this year than he did last year, and it makes a big difference."
BOSTON - It took 54 minutes for the first goal horn of 2014-15 to go off at TD Garden, but the Bruins put up a 2-0 win over the Washington Capitals in preseason action on Wednesday night.
While preseason lineups are a mix of veterans and young players, Chara was still placed in his position down low where he earned a team-high 10 power-play goals last season.
"Well you look at tonight, he scores the winning goal…To be honest with you, it would be tough to take him out of there," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said postgame, of the Captain's ability to be a net-front nuisance.
"Why make a strength a weakness? So right now, I think our plan is hopefully to leave him where he was."
BOSTON - The Bruins are back in action at TD Garden on Wednesday night, with a preseason game against the Washington Capitals. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.
Ryan Spooner and Simon Gagne are the only players suiting up in a back-to-back situation, having played with the other group on Tuesday night in Montreal.
"It's an opportunity to see more of them," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said following Wednesday morning's sessions. "And they're all battling for spots and you want to make sure you give them great opportunities."
"At the same time, you want to make sure your team is balanced enough that you're competitive and you get a chance to look at certain players."
BOSTON - The Bruins face off against the Capitals in their second preseason game on Wednesday night at TD Garden, with puck drop set for 7:00 p.m. ET.
Here is the expected roster (subject to change):
MONTREAL - The Bruins officially opened their seven-game preseason schedule on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.
The outcome - a 3-2 loss to the Habs - wasn't the ideal way to start game action.
But preseason offers an opportunity for veterans and young players to make mistakes and work out the kinks. For the spread of players with a chance at making Boston's opening night roster, though, that margin is slim.
Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser, both players pushing for spots, used the game to help show their summer improvements, while veteran David Krejci utilized it as a tune-up on the way to the regular season.
Spooner opened the scoring just 1:17 into the game, when he found himself with space down the right wing. He drove hard to the net and beat Montreal goalie Dustin Tokarski off his backhand to put Boston up 1-0.
"I had some chances last year like that and I just pulled up, so I tried to take the puck to the net," Spooner said postgame.
Spooner had a lengthy 20-game stay with the Bruins last December and January, but didn't net a single goal. He worked on his shot all summer.
BOSTON - The Bruins' preseason action officially kicks off on Tuesday night in Montreal against the Canadiens, with puck drop set for 7:30 p.m. ET at the Bell Centre.
There's no better way to skate the rust off than with a Bruins-Habs matchup, right?
Though it won't resemble the intensity of a regular season game or even close to a playoff game, and the lineups will be mostly comprised of younger players with a sprinkling of veterans, the always electric atmosphere will still be a great way to kick-start the preseason.
"We had the [the scrimmage] a couple of days ago but this is something else. I'm sure it's going to be a sellout and playing Montreal is always special," David Krejci said following a pregame skate at TD Garden, before the team jetted off to Montreal.
"I think it's a great preparation. We know they're going to be loud. It's the first game in a few months for us and for them and for their fans so it's going to be a good atmosphere, a good tempo. Lots of young guys are going to be playing, trying to show they can play with NHL players."
"So I'm looking forward to it and can't wait to get there and play the first shift."
BOSTON - Following the Bruins' two practices at TD Garden on Tuesday, Head Coach Claude Julien addressed the media before traveling to Montreal in advance of the night's preseason game against the Canadiens.
"You'll probably see both of them. I don't know how I'm going to do it yet, but you'll see both of them tonight," said Julien.
Craig Cunningham was a new addition to practice on Tuesday, skating in the second group (comprised of mostly non-traveling players).
"He's come back from mono, so he's been cleared to practice with us," said Julien. "It's his first day back with the big team."
Cunningham has been skating, but Tuesday marked his first time taking part in Boston's main camp. The fourth year pro who has put up three straight 20-goal seasons with Providence has been eyeing a roster spot with the big club all summer.
BostonBruins.com - The Bruins kick off their preseason schedule against opponents on Tuesday night in Montreal, with puck drop set for 7:30 p.m. ET at the Bell Centre.
Here is the expected traveling roster (subject to change):
WILMINGTON, MA - Training camp shifted back to Ristuccia Arena on Monday, following the Black & Gold Scrimmage in Providence on Sunday night.
As has been the case throughout camp, there were two groups split into different on-ice sessions.
There were slight variations to the groups, however, with Zdeno Chara joining Patrice Bergeron during the same session. The captain and alternate captain had been split between the two groups up until this point.
With a slate of seven preseason games, beyond the scrimmage, beginning on Tuesday night in Montreal, the practices were cut down slightly in time.
The coaches gave plenty of teaching moments at the drawing board, as Head Coach Claude Julien continues to implement systematical adjustments.
Bergeron's group did rounds of sprints for about five minutes to end its practice, with the alternate captain, Chara and Adam McQuaid all starting a round of stick taps on the ice for the effort.
David Pastrnak did not skate in either session and remains out day-to-day with a tweaked shoulder after he started camp on Krejci's right wing. With much fanfare around Pastrnak heading into camp, a reporter asked Head Coach Claude Julien following Monday's practices if his absence affects his chances to make the team.