The Bruins will make their first cuts today, prior to Thursday’s game against Detroit at TD Garden. They will cut approximately six players. They will trim the roster again on Friday.
Of the group that remains, about 10 veterans will dress against Detroit, according to Claude Julien. Gregory Campbell could make his preseason debut. Patrice Bergeron is not expected to dress. The Bruins expect Bergeron to play later in the preseason.
* For now, general manager Peter Chiarelli projects Carl Soderberg to play on the wing instead of in the middle. Soderberg has the inside line on the No. 3 left wing job. The Bruins are also expecting Soderberg to see time on the power play, on the goal line or in front.
* Chiarelli and Julien praised Reilly Smith for his game against Washington Tuesday night and his play in camp. Chiarelli noted Smith’s in-tight skills with the puck, while Julien said the second-year pro has some jam as well. Smith could be the No. 3 right wing.
* Goaltender Chad Johnson will make at least one more preseason start. Johnson fought the puck in Monday’s 6-3 win over Montreal, allowing three goals on eight shots. Both Julien and Chiarelli expect Johnson will be better.
* Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug, and Matt Bartkowski are the top three candidates for the two blue line openings, Chiarelli confirmed. Krug is just about guaranteed a spot because of his power-play touch. Hamilton is one of three right-shot defensemen. Bartkowski could open the season as the extra defenseman.
* Daniel Paille didn’t practice today because of an illness. Bobby Robins was excused because of a personal matter.