BOSTON -- The 2014-2015 season begins with the Bruins hosting the Philadelphia Flyers at 7:30 Wednesday night at TD Garden.
“Excitement. You know that now you’re playing the real games,” said Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. “Every little thing is going to count and I think that those are the days that we’ve been training for. Looking forward to it.”
Here are the lines and pairings based on the morning skate:
Matt Fraser-Ryan Spooner-Milan Lucic
Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Krejci update: Since Krejci was placed on IR on Tuesday, he will miss the first three games of the regular season. If he’s cleared to play, he could return on Monday when the Bruins host the Colorado Avalanche.
“He’s doing much better today, so let’s just hope things continue to improve and he’s back in our lineup after Saturday,” Julien said.
Krejci suffered the injury during the second period of Saturday’s preseason finale against the Detroit Red Wings.
When Krejci does return, Julien will likely reunite him with Lucic and Eriksson as the top line.
Big debut: Despite never playing a regular-season game in the NHL, Robins is already a fan favorite in Boston. Based on his minor league career, especially in Providence of the AHL, fans understand the energy Robins brings on a nightly basis. That will be on display when he makes his debut Wednesday night.
“If I’m out there I’m going to do the same thing I’ve done every other game. Obviously, the stakes are a little higher now, and I’m just going to stick to the game plan, what’s been working and just play my style of hockey and not worry about anything that’s out of my control.”
But this isn’t like any of his other games.
“This is it. This is the big dance, the big show,” he said. “I definitely feel the excitement, but the only way to handle that, and not let that consume you, is to go out there with that mindset where it’s just another game, just another ice rink. The dimensions are the same, there are two nets and that’s how I’m looking at it.”
Masked men: Tuukka Rask, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, will begin his title defense tonight. In nine career games against the Flyers, Rask is 6-1-1, including one shutout, a 2.00 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage. It appears Steve Mason will start for Philadelphia. He has a 3-1-2 record against the Bruins, including one shutout, a 2.28 GAA and a .931 SP.