The Bruins wrap up their preseason Saturday night at TD Garden against the New Jersey Devils.
Boston is coming off an exciting 5-4 win over the New York Rangers in which the Czech line of Pavel Zacha, David Krejci and David Pastrnak combined for eight points. So it’s no surprise head coach Jim Montgomery is keeping the trio together for the exhibition finale. He also noted that when Taylor Hall does return from his injury, keeping the Czech line together is not off the table.
We’re probably getting pretty close to seeing what the Opening Night lineup will look like and this will be a big game for players like Linus Ullmark, Nick Foligno and Trent Frederic.
Montgomery has yet to name a starting goalie so it’s a chance for Ullmark to make an impression, while Foligno and Frederic need to prove they’ve earned a spot in the lineup.
Puck drop from TD Garden is set for 7 p.m. ET and you can catch the game, including a half hour of pregame coverage, on NESN.
Here are the projected lines and defense pairings for both teams:
BOSTON BRUINS (3-2)
Jake DeBrusk–Patrice Bergeron–Craig Smtih
Pavel Zacha–David Krejci–David Pastrnak
Trent Frederic–Jack Studnicka–A.J. Greer
Nick Foligno–Tomas Nosek–Jakub Lauko
Hampus Lindholm–Mike Reilly
Jakub Zboril–Brandon Carlo
Derek Forbort–Connor Clifton
NEW JERSEY DEVILS (4-2)
Ondrej Palat–Jack Hughes–Alexander Holtz
Yegor Sharangovich–Nico Hischier–Jesper Bratt
Tomas Tatar–Erik Haula–Dawson Mercer
Miles Wood–Michael McLeod–Fabian Zutterlund
Ryan Graves–Dougie Hamilton
Jonas Siegenthaler–Damon Severson
Brendan Smith–John Marino