The Bruins open the 2013-14 season on Thursday, October 3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden. Peter Chiarelli and Cam Neely have worked hard to keep the core of this group together, but young talent, salary cap constraints, and the Seguin Situation necessitated change up front. Nathan Horton, Tyler Seguin, Jaromir Jagr, Rich Peverley, and Kaspars Daugavins have all departed. Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser all came to Boston via the trade that sent Seguin and Peverley to Dallas.
The forward lines should look like this Thursday night against the Lightning:
Lucic – Krejci – Iginla
The most impressive line of the preseason. David Krejci has premier ice vision, hands, and playmaking ability. Milan Lucic cannot play a full regular season slate with the brutish physicality he displays in the playoffs, but when he does he’s the best power forward in hockey. Even at 36, Jarome Iginla has great ability to find open space to set up his shot. He can still drive to the net and should be a power play staple. He will benefit from Krejci’s intelligence and puck control as well as Lucic’s ability to create space with his massive frame. No line was more dominant than the Lucic-Krejci-Horton line when it was on, but I like what Iginla brings to this group and the power play. It will be interesting to see if the Bruins stick with Chara in front of the net and Krejci quarterbacking a power play unit as they showed in preseason play. Continue reading Bruins 2013-14 Season Preview: Forwards »
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