Connect with us

Boston Bruins

Bruins vs Sabres Preview: Lucic Returns; Lohrei Ready



Boston Bruins

Here’s your Boston Hockey Now Boston Bruins Game Day Preview:

Boston Bruins (1-0) @ Buffalo Sabres (1-0)

TIME: 7 p.m. ET


Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Boston Bruins Notes

-New/old Boston Bruins winger Milan Lucic will don the Boston Bruins uniform in game action tonight for the first time since April 11, 2015, two months before the Bruins traded him to the Los Angeles Kings. Following the game-day skate on Tuesday morning, the 35-year-old winger felt like the 18-year-old version of himself before his first preseason game in September 2007.

“It’s exciting,” a smiling Lucic told Boston Hockey Now. “I haven’t put it on since 2015, so it’s exciting. It’s always fun to get the first game action, so I look forward to it, especially against a division rival.”

Lucic was then asked if he remembered his first preseason game with the Bruins.

“It was actually in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the first preseason game,” Lucic recalled. “I remember being really nervous. It’s one of those things you obviously remember, but it ended up being good. My linemate was Shawn Thornton. He did a good job, especially my first year, of just calming me down and talking me through things and stuff like that. So I guess a little bit of the same feeling now, kind of some butterflies and all that type of stuff, putting on the jersey again, so lots to look forward to.”



Betting: As of 1:40 p.m. ET, no betting lines were open for this game, but your best bet is to check Canadian betting sites later today.

-Head coach Jim Montgomery has been really impressed with the progress of highly touted Bruins rookie defenseman Mason Lohrei.

“What I like about him is his brain, his length, his feet, his tremendous poise with the puck,” Montgomery said of the 22-year-old rearguard. “Again, I think the benefit of him going to play in Providence (last season) and getting in a lot of games, and getting used to our system, he seems to be very comfortable now this year in playing fast defensively in our d-zone.”



-This is the second of six preseason games for the Boston Bruins. Here’s the remaining preseason schedule:

– Sept. 29 vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m. (TD Garden, Boston, MA | TV: NESN+ | Radio: 98.5)

– Oct. 2 at Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m. (Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA | TV: NESN | Radio: 98.5)

– Oct. 3 vs. Washington Capitals, 7 p.m. (TD Garden, Boston, MA | TV: NESN | Radio: 98.5)

– Oct. 5 at New York Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (Madison Square Garden, New York, NY | TV: TNT | Radio: 98.5)

Buffalo Sabres Notes

-Former Boston Bruins and new Buffalo Sabres defenseman Connor Clifton will not be in the lineup for the Sabres tonight, but he’s already playing a pivotal role for his new team. Head coach Tony Granato has been using Clifton on the top pairing with star defenseman Rasmus Dahlin. As Granato pointed out on Monday, the Sabres didn’t necessarily bring Clifton and 2022 Stanley Cup champion Erik Johnson in via free agency just for skill but more so for the leadership and balance they can bring.

“When we looked at Clifton and Johnson. These are guys we were hopeful to sign. Those are the reasons why, the chemistry in that room,” Granato said. “I know that players in our room, I know the guys we have, they’re going to look up to these guys and these are the right guys to look up to.”

Boston Bruins Lineup:


Milan Lucic-Marc McLaughlin-Alex Chiasson

Danton Heinen-Georgii Merkulov-Oskar Steen

Trevor Kuntar-Johnny Beecher-Jakub Lauko

Jesper Boqvist-Jayson Megna-Luke Toporowski


Mason Lohrei-Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk-Ryan Mast

Frederic Brunet-Ian Mitchell


Kyle Keyser

Michael DiPietro

Buffalo Sabres Lineup:


Jeff Skinner – Tage Thompson – Zach Benson

Jiri Kulich – Casey Mittelstadt- Olivier Nadeau

Brandon Biro – Tyson Kozak – Isak Rosen

Brett Murray – Mason Jobst – Filip Cederqvist


Rasmus Dahlin – Mattias Samuelsson

Mats Lindgren – Kale Clague

Riley Stillman – Joseph Cecconi


Devon Levi

Devin Cooley

Copyright ©2023 National Hockey Now and Boston Hockey Now. Not affiliated with the Boston Bruins or the NHL.