After three-plus months since the puck last dropped at the Garden -- we'll stay away from what happened in that game -- hockey is back in Boston. The Bruins will face the Lightning in their season opener, with new faces peppering the ice for the home team. Loui Eriksson, Jarome Iginla, and Reilly Smith will all make their debuts for the Bruins tonight.
There's good news, too, on the injury front. David Krejci, who has been out since Friday with back spasms, is a go for tonight's game. He'll be centering the team's top line with Milan Lucic and Iginla. Carl Soderberg remains out until at least Saturday's game, but it seems that he too is on the mend.
"I think the players are looking forward to it," coach Claude Julien said. "We've had a long training camp, so looking forward to getting it going here tonight with our fans behind us."
Julien would not announce which of the Bruins defensemen would sit for tonight's game, but it seemed from morning skate that Matt Bartkowski is likely to be the odd man out.
Game time: 7 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 FM
Records: Bruins 0-0, Lightning 0-0
Projected Bruins lineup:
Notes: The game tonight is the first of four between the Bruins and Lightning this season, with the game marking the first time the two teams are in the same division. ... It's the fifth straight opener for the Bruins at home (and that includes Prague in 2010). ... The Bruins lead the all-time series against the Lightning 48-20-9-0, including a sweep of the season series last season.