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Preview: Bruins vs. Flyers Season Opener

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Just the Facts:

Game Time: 7:30 PM, TD Garden

TV Broadcast: NBCSN

Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SB Nation Site: Broad Street Hockey

Season Record: Bruins: 0-0-0 | Flyers 0-0-0

Projected Flyers Lines:

Brayden Schenn Claude Giroux Jakub Voracek
Matt Read Sean Couturier Wayne Simmonds
Michael Raffl Vincent Lecavalier R.J. Umberger
Zac Rinaldo Pierre-Edouard Bellemare Jason Akeson
Andrew MacDonald Braydon Coburn
Nicklas Grossmann Mark Streit
Michael Del Zotto Luke Schenn

Goaltenders: Steve Mason, Ray Emery

Bruins Lines:

Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly Carl Soderberg Loui Eriksson
Milan Lucic Ryan Spooner Matt Fraser
Daniel Paille Craig Cunningham Bobby Robins
Zdeno Chara Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg Adam McQuaid
Torey Krug Kevan Miller

Goaltenders: Tuukka Rask, Niklas Svedberg


Bruins: David Krejci (undisclosed), Gregory Campbell (core)
Flyers: Kimmo Timonen (blood clot)

Game Notes:

  • The Bruins beat the Flyers in all three encounters last season. With the loss of Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen, the Flyers have miraculously managed to get worse.
  • David Krejci is currently on IR due to a "very, very minor" injury. Chiarelli did say the roster is subject to change.
  • Young Boston talent acquired this season has to fuse with veteran consistency early on. A season opener at the Garden against weak Flyers defense will give Boston a chance to strengthen team dynamic.
  • Philly defense this preseason was "awful". Timonen, arguably their best defenseman is out indefinitely with blood clots.
  • Sure, Claude Giroux is in his prime, but one man can only do so much. Flyers have some depth at forward but it's overshadowed by the fact that some have to play out of position (Vincent Lecavalier at left wing?).


The "most embarrassing game" Giroux has been involved with: