After a successful 2-1 road trip, the Bruins return home Thursday night for their home opener in what is the first of three straight at TD Garden. After returning to practice yesterday, Patrice Bergeron will make his 2016-17 season debut. Bergeron has missed the Bruins’ first three games with a lower-body injury.
New Jersey has won just once in its three contests thus far and is coming off of a 2-1 victory Tuesday night against the Anaheim Ducks. The Devils have had some issues putting the puck in the net as they have scored just five times in three games. Marblehead, Massachusetts native and former Boston College Eagle Corey Schneider has been outstanding in three starts for the Devils despite just the one win. Schneider enters Thursday’s contest with a 1.99 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage.
Gametime: 7:00 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN/ 98.5 The Sports Hub
Records: Bruins 2-1-0 (4 points), Devils 1-1-1 (3 points)
Location: TD Garden
Bruins projected lines:
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak
Danton Heinen-David Krejci-David Backes
Matt Beleskey-Riley Nash-Jimmy Hayes
Tim Schaller-Dominic Moore-Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara-Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug-Joe Morrow
John-Michael Liles-Colin Miller
Devils projected lines:
Taylor Hall-Travis Zajac-P.A. Parenteau
Michael Cammalleri-Adam Henrique-Kyle Palmieri
Beau Bennett-Pavel Zacha-Devante Smith-Pelly
Reid Boucher-Vernon Fiddler-Jacob Josefson
Andy Greene-Damon Severson
John Moore-Ben Lovejoy
Yohann Auvitu-Kyle Quincy
After missing the team’s first three games, due to a lower-body injury, Patrice Bergeron will be in the lineup Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils. (Photo by Joe Makarski/Bruins Daily)
– Without arguably their best offensive player, the Bruins had no issues scoring goals in Bergeron’s absence as the Bruins’ new-look first line of Brad Marchand, David Backes and David Pastrnak carried the load for the Black and Gold. But now with Bergeron back into the lineup, head coach Claude Julien is forced to tinker with his lines a bit. The Bruins four lines will look a bit different tonight.
– The Bruins have scored 11 goals this season, eight of those have come from Pastrnak, Marchand and Backes. As the Bruins lines are closer to what they had envisioned, they hope to get more production out of their other three lines.
– The Bruins were flat out bad on home ice in 2015-16. Finishing the season 17-18-6 at TD Garden, the Bruins hope that 2016-17 brings better results. With three in a row on home ice, the Bruins can get the ball rolling and bring some home confidence back into play with a couple of wins in the coming days on Causeway Street.