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Preseason: Bruins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Preview

The Providence Bruins welcome what I assume to be a ton of Ohioan prospects to Boston for the opening Preseason bout

Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

When: 7pm EST

Where to Watch: NESN, NHLN (supposedly. Almost certainly will be region locked)

Where to Listen: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Opposing SBNation Blog: The Cannon

Preview:

IT'S THE PRESEASON! FINALLY SOME GAMES THAT MEAN SOMETHING TO THE BLOG!

I mean...they don't mean EVERYTHING and are in all likelyhood just to get one or two players conditioned to playing on NHL ice, but it STILL COUNTS!

The Bruins will be taking the ice without a sizeable portion of their complete roster. No Rask, no Bergy and Marshy, no Chara, no Rask, and no Claude Julien (he's still coaching team canada). What they will be bringing along for the ride, is a host of players who've just completed the Prospects Challenge. Many of whom were key players in the 4-3 wins in both of their games. Columbus' camp has been long over, and had two split squad games. That they lost in some hysterically broken fashion.

Indeed, the Bruins will be one of a few teams that won't be playing split-squad games this preseason. And right now for a few players, everything counts towards getting on that roster on October 7th.

Names to look out for:

In spite of low returns in scoring in the Swedish league, Peter Cehlarik has been playing quite an interesting game lately. Scouts have been impressed by his work ethic, and of course his scoring touch coming into camp. This has occasionally created bad takes about whether or not a center would be better than a certain winger, to which I say "You can have cookies AND milk at the same time."

Jake DeBrusk has once again been lauded for being a great scoring talent. Look to see him hopefully pot home some more beautiful goals.

Not mentioned a lot but interesting to note: Jakub Zboril had a tie for most amount of assists with Colton Hargrove. Having point production from the point is always nice.

The PK was impressive during the prospects tournament: being around 11-for-12. Including several 5-on-3 scenarios.

Players:

The lineup will be announced a little later today. Keep that in mind. This is just letting you know who will be playing.