The Boston Bruins are set to play their penultimate preseason game tonight, taking on their division rivals, the Ottawa Senators. The Bruins also have some final cuts to make, after making seven cuts earlier this week.
Cuts from the last round include top prospects Jared Knight and Ryan Spooner, both considered wild cards to make the roster. Jordan Caron will be watched closely tonight as he vies for one of the two open roster spots at the forward position, due to Mark Recchi and Michael Ryder leaving as free agents. Here are the expected lines for tonight:
Milan Lucic- David Krejci- Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand- Patrice Bergeron- Rich Peverley
Benoit Pouliot- Chris Kelly- Jordan Caron
Chris Clark- Gregory Campbell- Daniel Paille
Tyler Seguin, Lane MacDermid, Max Sauve and Shawn Thornton could also play tonight. Clark, Caron, Macdermid and Sauve are all competing for the final two roster spots. Clark has emerged from no where to have a terrific camp at age 35. He was a third round pick of the Calgary Flames in 1994. Being an older player with experience, he might have an edge on making the team.
The seventh defenseman spot is getting interesting too, it’s between Steven Kampfer and Matt Bartkowski. Kampfer may have the edge from his experience last season, and Bartkowski is a good insurance option to maintain in Providence.
This is the last game on Garden ice before the regular season opener on October 6th, where they will raise the Stanley Cup banner and take on the Philadelphia Flyers. For tonight, this preseason game can be watched locally on NESN, the only Bruins preseason game that will be televised in Boston.