Game 1 Bruins vs. Lightning Preview: Happy hockey season everyone!

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THE SEASON IS HERE. FINALLY. LET US DO THIS.

Just the Facts:

Game Time: 7 PM, TD Garden. TV Broadcast: NESN!!!!! Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub

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Records: Bruins 0-0-0 vs. Lightning 0-0-0

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Tampa Bay Lines:

Ryan Malone - Steven Stamkos - Martin St. Louis
Alex Killorn - Valtteri Filppula - Teddy Purcell
Tyler Johnson - Ondrej Palat - Richard Panik
Pierre-Cedric Labrie - Nate Thompson - B.J. Crombeen
Victor Hedman - Sami Salo
Matt Carle - Radko Gudas
Eric Brewer - Andrej Sustr
Ben Bishop
Anders Lindback

Bruins Lines:

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Loui Eriksson
Jordan Caron - Chris Kelly - Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Dougie Hamilton
Adam McQuaid - Torey Krug
Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Preview:

WELCOME BACK.

Get out your most epic game day playlists. Pull out your jerseys. Make sure your not-water fridge is all stocked up. Because it's game day.

The Bruins begin their 90th NHL season tonight against Flortheast division rivals the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning had a rough go of it last year, finishing near the bottom of the Eastern Conference and drafting third overall this offseason. With the departure of former captain Vinny Lecavalier, the Bolts have named Martin St. Louis captain as of yesterday. (Cue: "Go Cats Go!" from Giesse.)

For the Bruins, Carl Soderberg is out with a foot injury. Jordan Caron's last chance begins now. That third line spot could be his to lose if his play improves; he'll play with Kelly and Smith for the time being. Up front, David Krejci appears to be fine, based on reports out of morning skate; he should be good to go with Jarome Iginla and Milan Lucic.

On the back end, looks like as anticipated, Matt Bartkowski will draw out the first game as the seventh defenseman.

Never Forget:

#MikeSmithIsPoor

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