BostonBruins.com - Two new Bruins - Jarome Iginla and Chad Johsnon - will debut in the Black & Gold tonight at the Bell Centre, and they'll be introduced to the Original Six aura right away.
"Yeah I was asking Looch," Iginla said, of his curiosity to know more about the storied Original Six rivalry. "I had an idea but it’ll be neat to see it up close and be a part of it."
"He said that, even in exhibition, it gets pretty charged in there, when they play the here, it gets pretty charged, too."
It's always a unique atmosphere, whether at the Bell Centre or in the confines of TD Garden. And since we don't always see the sharpest games during the preseason, with the B's - and 29 other NHL teams - getting up to speed and getting their timing back, the rivalry should help to ramp up the pace.
"It’s fun; summer, you know, is a shorter one for everybody, but it feels long when you’re waiting for your next game, so it’s good to get back at it," said Iginla.
BostonBruins.com - On June 23, 2012, Malcolm Subban heard his named called, 24th overall, by the Boston Bruins, in the NHL Draft.
A few minutes later, there was P.K. Subban, in the Bruins' suite, supporting his younger brother on his big day.
From that moment on, we knew this day would come - tonight at the Bell Centre - when Malcolm will face P.K. in their first match-up against one another. When not just the stories Bruins-Habs rivalry, but also the brotherly rivalry in full force.
It marks the Bruins' first exhibition game of 2013-14, and Malcolm Subban's preseason debut in Black & Gold. He's suited up in the spoked-B for rookie games, and throughout development camps, but this will be an experience like none other.
"Group B" from Training Camp all week is the first set of B's to see game action, with those in "Group A" likely to travel to Baltimore for the match-up with the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.
BostonBruins.com - We talk about "chemistry" with lines. Wingers acclimating themselves to their centerman say it's only a matter of time, before they can "find each other" on the ice.
"You hope that the chemistry is there right off the get-go. Obviously, it's hard to build that chemistry but you hope that it's there," Milan Lucic would say, of playing with a new linemate.
"We click very well," Daniel Paille would say, of the forechecking and cycle game he and his linemates Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell effortlessly put into action. "We're all pretty comfortable with each other and, at the same time, we really enjoy playing together."
We don't often use it to reference defensive pairings.
BostonBruins.com - While teams around the league have been making cuts to their training camp rosters at various points, the Bruins will be sticking with their full 51-player group for at least two days longer.
Following the B's fourth day of on-ice sessions at camp at TD Garden (with a few thousand roaring fans on hand), Head Coach Claude Julien said no cuts will be made until Wednesday, following the first two preseason games.
The Bruins' first exhibition game kicks off in Montreal on Monday, September 16, against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre at 7:00 p.m. ET (NHL Network, TSN2, RDS, 98.5 The Sports Hub).
Tuesday's match-up sees the B's head to Baltimore Arena in Maryland to face the Washington Capitals at 7:00 p.m. ET (broadcast info TBD).
Julien and the B's brass, no doubt, want to see all of their prospects in game action, as well as the roster players who are ready for a change of scenery following four days of intense learning and competing.
The following players were released from their ATO/PTO (Amateur Tryout Agreement/Professional Tryout Agreement):
Mitchell Dempsey, who was drafted by the Bruins in the seventh round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, has been returned to his junior team (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Ontario Hockey League).
Day 4 of Training Camp kicked off with two on-ice sessions at 10:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Chceck out the blog as Caryn Switaj took you around TD Garden, in the locker room and behind the scenes at Training Camp. ^CS
BostonBruins.com - When the Bruins made the July 4 trade with Dallas, the main piece was right winger Loui Eriksson.
"It's been well-documented, we've got to rebuild our right side," General Manager Peter Chiarelli had said, emphasizing that status. "So he's the first piece."
The focus was mostly on Eriksson, considering the place most had him begged for before he even set foot in Boston and pulled on the spoked-B, was Tyler Seguin's former spot alongside left winger Brad Marchand and center Patrice Bergeron.
Considered to be in the slew of "young forwards" vying for a spot on the big club, Julien has liked what he's seen. From day one, they've known a spot was there for the taking.