Thoughts on the Bruins’ opening night roster, projected lines

Sep 24, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Ian Mitchell (14) shoots the puck around New York Rangers center Adam Edstrom (84) during the third period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Ian Mitchell (14) shoots the puck around New York Rangers center Adam Edstrom (84) during the third period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports /
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The two goaltenders to no one’s surprise are Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman.

Analysis
Fortunately, for me, there is not much to analyze here as Boston will be running it back with the same goaltending tandem as last year. Not to mention a duo that was nye-impossible to beat.

Linus Ullmark is the reigning Vezina trophy winner, and will likely start out the season in net, but it remains to be seen in Jeremy Swayman will remain as a true back-up or he will play as a 1A again like he did last year after winning his arbitration case.

If head coach Jim Montgomery is smart, he will start them out as a tandem – sharing the time in net, much like he did last season. He did, however, trot them out as a true “starter, backup” package in the playoffs last season and it came back to bite them.

The Centennial season starts tomorrow with a matchup with Connor Bedard and the Blackhawks on Wednesday. The game can be viewed on Max, and TNT – puck drop is at 7:30 p.m.