Boston Bruins hockey finally is back.
The Bruins open their 2021-22 NHL season Saturday night at TD Garden against the Dallas Stars.
Dallas got off to a 1-0-0 start after narrowly beating the New York Rangers in overtime Thursday night. It will look to make it two straight against a new-look Bruins team.
Braden Holtby, who’s had tremendous success against the Bruins, will get the start for the Stars. In 22 games against Boston as a member of the Washington Capitals, Holtby went 18-4-0 with 1.98 goals against average, .939 save percentage and amassed four shutouts.
Fans also will get their first look at the Charlie McAvoy-Derek Forbort defense pairing to start the game.
Here are the projected lineups for Saturday’s Bruins-Stars game, which will air on NESN at 7 p.m. ET.
BOSTON BRUINS (0-0-0)
Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–David Pastrnak
Taylor Hall–Charlie Coyle–Craig Smith
Jake DeBrusk–Erik Haula–Nick Foligno
Trent Frederic–Tomas Nosek–Karson Kuhlman
Derek Forbort–Charlie McAvoy
Mike Reilly–Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk–Connor Clifton
DALLAS STARS (1-0-0)
Jamie Benn–Tyler Seguin–Alexander Radulov
Jacob Peterson–Roope Hintz–Joe Pavelski
Michael Raffl–Radek Faksa–Denis Gurianov
Joel Kero–Luke Glendening–Tanner Kiviranta
Esa Lindell–Miro Heiskanen
Ryan Suter–Andrej Sekera
Joel Hanley–Jani Hakanpää
Braden Holtby (1-0-0, 2.49 GAA, .926 save percentage)