boston – The Bruins will kick off their centennial celebrations Wednesday night at TD Garden when they host the Chicago Blackhawks.
“The last week of training camp is always a little bit of a drag,” Bruins captain Brad Marchand said. “You start to look forward to the season so much and get things rolling. It definitely gets you excited to watch Tuesday night’s game, and that’s what we’ve been building all summer long into training camp. Starting over and building our game starting tonight. “
Here’s everything you need to know before the puck drop at 7:30 PM ET on TNT and 98.5 The Spots Hub:
Matt Poitras and Johnny Beecher will both make their NHL debuts Wednesday night as the Bruins’ third- and fourth-line centers. This is the first time since the Oct. 5, 2017 game against Nashville that the Bruins have multiple players debuting in a season opener, with Jake DeBrusk, Anders Bjork and Charlie McAvoy Yi (regular season) appears.
“I talked to them during practice (Tuesday),” coach Jim Montgomery said. “It’s just ‘Welcome to the NHL.’ You dream and work your whole life to get here.” Now that you’re here, you want to go out and enjoy the moment. “
Marchand said he did not intend to make any special speeches to the youngsters, but would leave them to their own devices for what was sure to be an exciting evening.
“You have to make them feel that,” Marchand said. “I like that there’s not a lot of difference from our last (preseason) game – that was in New York with the full lineup. But there’s going to be a little extra excitement tonight. But they seem to be handling everything well. , and it’s good. They were a good Bruins team when they were young, so I’m excited for them.”
Meanwhile, the veteran winger will be playing in a milestone game of his own as he dons the “C” for the first time in the regular season.
“It’s true tonight,” Marchand, 27, saidth Bruins all-time captain. “It definitely doesn’t have the same meaning in training camp, but it’s also special to put it on every night…really looking forward to it. Everybody has a lot of family and friends in town tonight. It’s for everybody.” Exciting times.
“There are a lot of firsts for the people in this room. So, yes, it’s going to be a special night, hopefully for everyone.”