BOSTON – There are a few marquee names missing from the rosters for tonight’s Black and White scrimmage in Providence, but fans in the Ocean State should still see enough stars to satisfy their hunger to see the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Zdeno Chara (who took a shot of his left leg yesterday), Patrice Bergeron, Shawn Thornton and Chris Kelly are not listed for the game. However, there is still plenty of star power with Tim Thomas, Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic and David Krejci among those scheduled to play at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Defenseman Andrew Ference thinks tonight’s game is the perfect way to get ready for the upcoming exhibition schedule, which opens Wednesday night in Ottawa for Boston.
“It’s a nice little buffer before a game against a different team,” he said. “Obviously I think it’s still competitive. Guys are scrapping for jobs and ice time and trying to make impressions. So I don’t think anybody expects it to be a quiet little scrimmage. I think it’s just another step before you get against someone wearing another jersey. So it’s a good step for a lot of us but it’s not one of those ones where you can skate around and expect it to be like summer hockey. I think it’s going to be pretty competitive.”
Head coach Claude Julien sees a lot of reasons this game will benefit more than just his team.
“I think some guys want to be evaluated and that’s a way of doing it. But at the same time, I think having four straight days [of camp] before your first exhibition game and having had a long season last year, it’s not a bad thing to not worry so much about drills and give them a chance to play [Tuesday], it should help get everybody more comfortable with each other,” he said. “And when we go to Ottawa for our first exhibition game, you’ve got something under your belt; so it was something that was good in a lot of areas for us. I think the timing was good, and for those players to get that opportunity. It’s a good way also to support our farm team and the city of Providence who supports our farm team and bring our big club over there and give them that type of game. I think there’s a lot of things that go into it, whether it’s marketing, but also it blended in well with what we were looking for in our training camp also as coaches.”
Here’s a look at the split squad roster:
Goalies: Tim Thomas, Anton Khudobin
Skaters: Gregory Campbell, Tyler Seguin, Daniel Paille, Andrew Ference, Colby Cohen, Matt Bartkowski, Dennis Seidenberg, Nathan McIver, Steven Kampfer, Zach McKelvie, Rich Peverley, Johnny Boychuk, Kirk MacDonald, Lane MacDermid, Benoit Pouliot, Jamie Tardif, Jamie Arniel, Alexander Khokhlachev, Kyle MacKinnon, Calle Ridderwall
Goalies: Tuukka Rask, Michael Hutchinson
Skaters: Joe Corvo, Milan Lucic, Jordan Caron, David Krejci, Jared Knight, Ryan Spooner, Zach Hamill, Dougie Hamilton, Adam McQuaid, Marc Cantin, Carter Camper, Craig Cunningham, Josh Hennessy, Brad Marchand, Chris Clark, Max Sauve, Anthony Camara, Ryan Button, David Warsofsky, Kevan Miller
The game begins at 7 p.m. and is sold out.