Boston Bruins Malcolm Subban Starting Full Preseason Game

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  • The Boston Bruins are giving Malcolm Subban a chance to shine in net tonight. Subban will be starting for the Bruins and is expected to get the entire game to himself. Jeremy Smith is set to be the backup goalie, and if things do unfortunately get ugly for Subban, he might still get a chance to play tonight in relief. Jeremy Smith got his opportunity to play a full game during Thursday’s 4-3 shootout win over the New York Rangers. Smith posted 22 saves and played for 65 minutes, so some well-deserved rest might do him well.

    When talking to reporters for the Bruins official website, Subban stated “(I’m) really looking forward to it,” He went on to say “It will be pretty cool. Last time I played in Detroit was a few years ago, (and it) didn’t go too well, so I’m hoping to have a better outcome this time.” Subban of course, is referring to the 8-2 loss in which he allowed four goals through two periods, and the final four in the third. Although the defense took the blame for the loss, Subban held himself accountable. “No matter what I did, the pucks just found its way in,” he concluded by saying “Some bad bounces, but I didn’t do my part tonight.”

    The projected lineup for tonight’s game is as follows:

    Matt Beleskey — David Krejci — David Pastrnak
    Jake DeBrusk — Chris Kelly — Justin Hickman
    Anton Blidh — Alex Khokhlachev — Brian Ferlin
    Anthony Camara — Noel Acciari — Brett Connolly

    Torey Krug — Zach Trotman
    Linus Arnesson — Kevan Miller
    Tommy Cross — Brandon Carlo
    Extra defenseman: Ben Youds

    Malcolm Subban
    Jeremy Smith

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    A few other things to watch in the game other than Malcolm Subban getting a full game to showcase his ability and potentially redeem himself from his last performance against Detroit in 2013 include some defensive pairings, and the debut of Noel Acciari.

    The pairing of Torey Krug and Zach Trotman is an interesting one, as it may be the pairing Boston has to start the season with if Zdeno Chara isn’t ready to go by then. With Chara’s injury being classified as day-to-day, he should be fine to start the season, but this could also give the Bruins the option to slide Trotman up and down the lineup if he gets accustomed to playing alongside Krug and Chara.

    Finally, the Bruins will be getting a chance to see the debut of Noel Acciari. Coming off of a national championship with Providence at the collegiate level, Acciari will take to the ice tonight between Anthony Camara and Brett Connolly. With Brian Ferlin and Alexander Khokhlachev playing on the third line together, both auditioning for an NHL job to start the season, it would appear Connolly will be getting minutes to simply stay in game-shape while also complimenting Noel Acciari.

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