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The 2021-22 regular season is finally here for the Boston Bruins and their fans!

The Bruins will kick off a new season tonight at TD Garden when they host the Dallas Stars (7:08 PM ET, NESN, BSSW).

The Bruins are coming off a second straight second-round exit in the Stanley Cup Playoffs after going 33-16-7 with 73 points in the one-time East Division and an abbreviated 56-game season.

There was plenty of change this past offseason as the Bruins said goodbye to longtime goalie Tuukka Rask and longtime center David Krejci, as well as goalie Jaro Halak, defensemen Steven Kampfer, Jeremy Lauzon, Jarred Tinordi, Kevan Miller, and forwards Nick Ritchie, Ondrej Kase, Sean Kuraly and Greg McKegg. In for them are Nick Foligno, Erik Haula, and Tomas Nosek, defenseman Derek Forbort and goalie Linus Ullmark.

Boston Bruins Notes

-As mentioned above, Swayman will get the nod between the pipes for the Boston Bruins and he will become the first rookie goalie to start on opening night for the Bruins since Blaine Lacher in 1995. Lacher went on to be a Calder Trophy finalist but hall of famer Peter Forsberg was voted as rookie of the year. Swayman is still considered a rookie because he played just 10 games last season. A player must play 25 games or more for a season to count as one for him.

– Boston Bruins forwards Foligno, Haula, and Nosek, as well as defenseman Forbort, will all be playing in their first regular season for the Bruins.

– Forward Curtis Lazar is the lone injured player and on injured reserve with an upper-body injury suffered midway through training camp.

Dallas Stars Notes

– The last time the Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars met was on February 27, 2020 and as FOBHN Conor Ryan tweeted Saturday, that game featured a fight with the most unlikely combatants:

 

-This will be the first time that former Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin, whom the Bruins drafted second overall at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, faces Taylor Hall, whom the Edmonton Oilers took a pick ahead of Seguin that year since Hall became a Bruin.

-Old friend and former Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin will also be returning to TD Garden but will be the backup to Holtby.

Boston Bruins Lines

Forwards:

Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak

Taylor Hall – Charlie Coyle – Craig Smith

Jake DeBrusk – Erik Haula – Nick Foligno

Trent Frederic – Tomáš Nosek – Karson Kuhlman 

Defense:

Derek Forbort – Charlie McAvoy

Mike Reilly – Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk – Connor Clifton

Goalies:

Jeremy Swayman

Linus Ullmark

Dallas Stars Lines

Forwards

Jamie Benn — Tyler Seguin — Alexander Radulov

Jacob Peterson — Roope Hintz — Joe Pavelski

Michael Raffl – Radek Faksa – Denis Gurianov

Joel Kiviranta — Luke Glendening — Tanner Kero

Defense

Esa Lindell — Miro Heiskanen

Ryan Suter — Andrej Sekera

Joel Hanley — Jani Hakanpää

Goalies

Braden Holtby

Anton Khudobin

Betting Odds NHL

The Bruins are a +140 to cover 1.5 goals. The over/under is 5.5 (-132) and the Bruins are -198 money line, according to FanDuel.

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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JustJim

The “Sway” is the way!

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