Throughout the first two preseason games, fans have seen a mixture of prospects and bottom six veterans used throughout the lineup. The time has finally come for the Bruins to roll out their stars as the regular season quickly approaches.
Recently the Bruins made moves to their preseason roster as they sent a handful of players down to Providence. The remaining players on the roster are either opening day locks or players still fighting for one of the few spots that remain.
Judging by the lines rolled out by head coach Jim Montgomery at Wednesday’s practice, expect a very talented top-six for Saturday’s preseason home game.
As per Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic:
The Bruins’ top six, for the most part, is set in stone while Brad Marchand is still out recovering from off-season hip surgery. The same two lines fans will see on Saturday will be the lines rolled out on an opening night when the Bruins kick off the 2022-2023 regular season on the road against the Washington Capitals.
Those lines will look as such:
Pavel Zacha – Patrice Bergeron – Jake Debrusk
Taylor Hall – David Krejci – David Pastrnak
Bruins Second Line Will Be There Best Line
Out-the-gate newcomer Pavel Zacha will have the opportunity to impress the Boston faithful as he will be tasked with filling in for Brad Marchand. Zacha has never been a pure goal scorer so far in his career, but it is something he has been very vocal about changing this off-season. It will be necessary for Zacha and DeBrusk to get off to hot starts as the Bruins need to win early to stay ahead in the most challenging and deepest division and conference.
The second line of the Bruins will be their best line as Pastrnak and Hall welcome back David Krejci to Boston. For years Krejci wanted the chance to play alongside Pastrnak, but former head coach Bruce Cassidy never made it a reality beside a few games. Now, this three-headed monster has the opportunity to be one of the best lines in the league if Pastrnak can stay healthy and Krejci has enough left in the tank to prove the doubters he hasn’t lost a step after a year away from the NHL.
We all remember the chemistry Hall and Krejci had in the short time they played together after Hall came over from Buffalo at the trade deadline. Now, these two will have an entire season together and one of the best goal scorers in the NHL on their line.
The Bruins will host the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday at 1 pm EST. The two teams met in their preseason debut in Philadelphia, where the Flyers won 2-1.