BOSTON, MA - The 2013-14 season is finally here. The puck drops tonight at TD Garden at 7:00 p.m. ET with the Bruins hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning in their season opener (NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub).
And when game time comes, David Krejci will be in the lineup, as confirmed by both the centerman and Head Coach Claude Julien following the Bruins' morning skate, in which Krejci anchored usual linemates Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla.
Krejci skated for the first time yesterday since being out with back spasms, and all appears well as he prepares for tonight.
"I feel better than yesterday so I'm good to go tonight," said Krejci, who wasn't bothered by the shots he took this morning in practice and was happy with the way he felt.
"I was a little worried before I took the faceoffs but it felt pretty good," added the centerman, who took an extra round of faceoff with assistant coach Doug Jarvis during morning skate, going through it three times instead of two, to test out how he was feeling.
BostonBruins.com - David Krejci is entering his seventh full NHL season as a Boston Bruin, and this season, he'll be sporting a new 'A' on his chest.
But the truth is, as for many Bruins, Krejci has been leading without the credit of the 'A' up until this point.
Drafted by Boston in 2004, a year after Bergeron, the centerman has steadily - and quietly - been progressing towards the forefront of the Black & Gold.
"He's a good leader on the ice and every year in the playoffs, he comes up big," Head Coach Claude Julien said, after announcing Krejci as the new alternate captain on October 1. "I think it's time for him to show that for us, and after I talked to him, he seemed keen on wanting to be that guy."
BOSTON, MA - The 2013-14 NHL regular season is finally here. With other clubs having already dropped the puck on their season openers, the B's are prepping for the beginning of their season on Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden.
"We did some activities and we had some time during training camp to bond. This team has been always really good to welcome new guys and make them part of the team and we’ve never had issues with that," Zdeno Chara told media following the team's practice Wednesday morning, back at TD Garden following their team-building trip to Vermont.
BostonBruins.com - When Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien addressed media from the Waterbury Ice Center in Vermont on Tuesday afternoon, he gave updates on two forwards who were still not on the ice due to injury, and stayed back in Boston.
After being out with back spasms (suffered last Friday during morning skate in Saskatoon before the B's faced the Winnipeg Jets), Krejci could make his return to the ice as early as Wednesday.
"We’re hoping to see David on the ice tomorrow and we’re optimistic about that," Julien told reporters.
"We’re optimistic that things are going to go well for him."
BostonBruins.com - The Bruins have spent the past few days in Vermont on a team-building trip and will be capping it off with an open practice on Tuesday afternoon at Waterbury Ice Center at 1:30 p.m.
The ice rink is located at 546 River Road in Waterbury, Vermont.
With the NHL's official opening of the regular season today, October 1, the B's still have two days of prep before they open their 2013-14 season at TD Garden against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
VERMONT - These Bruins know each other well.
Still, while players who were once "new faces" in August are new no longer, there can never be enough time spent together for this group.
So, here we are, in Vermont, as the veterans and rookies alike take a couple of days away from Boston to get to know one another before the 2013-14 regular season kicks off on Thursday at TD Garden against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
We've seen chemistry starting to form on the ice, with Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Jarome Iginla; with Loui Eriksson joining new linemates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand; with the new-look third line having the addition of Reilly Smith.
"I think we have a pretty good idea of what we're getting," Head Coach Claude Julien had said, at the start of training camp in mid-September.
BOSTON, MA - When the Bruins hit the ice on Sunday morning at TD Garden, they were down to their 23-man roster.
Nick Johnson was placed on waivers by the club for purpose of assignment to Providence, leaving 13 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders currently with the club.
Reilly Smith looks poised for the third line role alongside Chris Kelly and a healthy Carl Soderberg (he's currently day to day after sustaining an injury during the game in Saskatoon when he hit a rut in the ice).
BostonBruins.com - On Sunday morning, there were only two Bruins missing from the ice, after Nick Johnson was placed on waivers by the club for purpose of assignment to Providence.
BostonBruins.com - On Friday night in Saskatoon, the Bruins capped off their preseason with a 5-0 shutout of the Winnipeg Jets and a 6-1 record.
With the final tune-up, it also brought the inevitable: roster cuts.
Chiarelli talked with the players on the plane heading back to Boston. All will join the Providence Bruins training camp currently underway.
The "Opening Night Roster" needs to be submitted to the league on October 1, and Chiarelli told a small gathering of reporters in Saskatoon on Friday night that Boston will probably carry 23 players (the league limit), consisting of 13 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders.
SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN - With a 5-0 shutout of the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night at Credit Union Centre, the Bruins head into the regular season with a clean slate, but with the confidence of a 6-1 record.
While there isn't too much stock put in preseason games, the record is at least a confidence boost heading into the regular season, which kicks off for the B's on October 3 at TD Garden against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"But it's nice. Our team has obviously responded in these preseason games; I think, overall, we've played decent," said Head Coach Claude Julien following the win.
Carl Soderberg opened the scoring just 26 seconds into the first period to begin a fairly dominant night for the Bruins, banging in a rebound from Reilly Smith's shot off the crossbar. It marked Soderberg's third goal of the preseason.