BOSTON — Because of the Bruins’ season-opening road trip to Prague and then the arrival of the circus at TD Garden, Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin has waited a while to make his regular-season home debut.
Now, unlike some first-year NHL players, Seguin has already had his home-ice appetite whet because he skated in two rookie games and then a couple preseason games in Boston’s home barn. However, that doesn’t make tonight’s game against Washington any less special. Seguin talked about the big night after the morning skate today.
While Seguin said he’s not nervous, fellow rookie Jordan Caron admitted to having some butterflies. Regardless of their bodily state, head coach Claude Julien believes his kids will be able to perform at peak ability tonight.
“Everybody is different when it comes to that, and I’ve seen a lot of players that have butterflies before games that are very good players and that’s the way they prepare the best,” Julien said after the morning skate. “Other guys are just not nervous by nature, and you know, hopefully it works to his advantage. [Seguin] has been through a lot. I think, you know, with the draft, and then where he was ranked and all the attention he got, so at the end of the day, this is just another thing going through the program, I guess.”