Growing close to game time here at the Garden, where the Bruins will face the Jackets in the final pre-season tuneup for both squads.
The Bruins will skate tonight without Marco Sturm, Steve Begin and David Krejci–three forwards who will be regulars with the varsity this season. Strum and Begin are nursing minor training camp injuries while Krejci is still making his way back from off-season hip surgery.
Johnny Boychuk, who will skate in the warmup, will be the lone scratch on defense. He is expected to make the varsity as the No. 7 defenseman.
Coach Claude Julien, noting that management was going through the process of trimming the roster ”right now”, said that the club intended to ”cut down to a smaller [roster] number by tomorrow.”