Campbell 'close' but won't play vs. Canadiens

Campbell 'close' but won't play vs. Canadiens
September 16, 2013, 1:45 pm
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WILMINGTON -- The Bruins Group B skaters spent roughly an hour on the ice getting ready for tonight’s preseason opener against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre, and there will be plenty of familiar faces on the ice.

Jarome Iginla will make his Boston Bruins debut wearing No. 12 in Black and Gold, and should be skating on a line with regular linemates David Krejci and Milan Lucic. Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski and Zach Trotman will join Adam McQuaid along the blue line, and Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton will also represent 2/3 of the Merlot Line.

Gregory Campbell wasn’t among the skaters readying for Montreal, however, and Claude Julien confirmed following Monday morning’s skate that the fourth-line pivot isn’t totally cleared for game action.

“He’s very close, and could probably play. But we’re just being cautious, and we’re going to hold him out a little bit more,” said Julien. “I have a pretty good feeling that he’ll play in some preseason [games] before the season starts.”

The Bruins coach said that Patrice Bergeron, returning from a series of injuries suffered during last year’s playoff run, is in the same situation as Campbell in the preseason.

The projected lines for tonight are Lucic-Krejci-Iginla, Fraser-Soderberg-Cunningham, Camara-Spooner-Johnson and Paille-Fallstrom-Thornton while goaltenders Chad Johnson and Malcolm Subban will split playing time against the hated Habs.

The Subban appearance will be intriguing because it will be his first look in an NHL uniform, and the first time he’ll suit up against older brother P.K. Subban.

The Canadiens are expected to field a veteran heavy lineup on Monday night against the Black and Gold in a game that will be televised in the U.S. on the NHL Network.