The Boston Bruins are set to hold their annual Black & Gold inter-squad scrimmage on Tuesday night (7 p.m.) at TD Garden in the only dress rehearsal prior to the 2013 NHL season.
In another sign that Bruins have already begun to forgive the lockout in a big way, the Garden is expecting a full capacity crowd after all 17,565 tickets have been printed by early Monday afternoon. Thats less than 48 hours after the scrimmage was first announced along with the Bs regular season schedule and the team's plan to use free concessions and discounted souvenirs to make amends with the fans. As part of a season-long incentive program with the fans, admission for this scrimmage is free.
All 27 Bruins players currently on the training camp roster will play in the scrimmage and Bruins head coach Claude Julien indicated that extra players will be called up from Providence to round out the rosters. Since the NHL teams are not allowed to schedule any exhibitions games, the Black and Gold scrimmage will be running just as if it were a regular season game. There will be referees and three periods of action, but Julien said he hadnt yet decided whether hed be coaching behind one of the benches or if he'll be leaving it to his assistant coaches.
Were going to try to make it as game-like situation as we can, said Julien.
The Bruins played last years Black and Gold scrimmage in Providence at the Dunkin Donuts Center to a packed house, and that game normally ushers in Bostons exhibition schedule.
Instead the Bruins will jump right into the 48-game abbreviated regular season with a showdown against the New York Rangers next weekend.