NHL cancels all exhibition games up to Sept. 30

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NHL cancels all exhibition games up to Sept. 30

The first casualties of the NHL lockout were recorded on Wednesday, as the league announced the cancellation of all preseason games up to Sept. 30.

That wipes out four exhibition games for the Bruins, including back-to-back contests against the Winnipeg Jets in both Winnipeg and Saskatoon. Only the Oct 3, 5 and 6 games against the Washington Capitals, Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens remain.

Bruins training camp was set to begin this weekend, and all of those sessions have been canceled, as well. The closest the New England area will get to Bruins hockey this month will be the opening of Providence Bruins training camp at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Sept. 28.

The NHL also cancelled the 2012 Kraft Hockeyville preseason game scheduled for Oct. 3 in Belleville, Ontario and postponed it until 2013.

In a press release, the NHL simply stated the preseason games were cancelled because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players Association and the NHL.

The NHL and NHLPA are also expected to go another day without formal talks on Wednesday, and its now been nearly a week since the two sides sat down for any formal negotiations. Meanwhile the Bruins players continue to practice at Harvards Bright Hockey Center and begin to make plans to play elsewhere while staying sharp and hoping for hockey to start up again soon.In all 61 preseason games were cancelled across the NHL in one fell swoop of Gary Bettman's lockout stick.Here is a list of the four preseason games cancelled by todays action from the NHL:

Sept. 25: Bruins at Capitals (Verizon Center, Washington)
Sept. 26: Bruins at Sabres (First Niagara Center, Buffalo)
Sept. 29: Bruins vs. Jets (Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon)
Sept. 30: Bruins at Jets (MTS Centre, Winnipeg)

Beleskey, Spooner and McQuaid highlight Bruins lineup vs. Red Wings

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Beleskey, Spooner and McQuaid highlight Bruins lineup vs. Red Wings

The Bruins announced their lineup for the second preseason game on Wednesday night at home against the Detroit Red Wings, and it was slightly more veteran-laden than the youthful Boston group tapped for Monday night’s opening loss to the Blue Jackets.

Matt Beleskey, Ryan Spooner, Adam McQuaid and Dominic Moore lead the grizzled group of Bruins players readying for the exhibition tilt against their Atlantic Division rivals, and 19-year-old Zachary Senyshyn will make his preseason debut after getting fully medically cleared from appendectomy surgery a couple of weeks ago.

The 2015 first round pick has had a bit of a rough summer after bouts with mononucleosis and appendicitis forced him to miss Bruins rookie camp, but Senyshyn has quickly regained his strength and the blazing speed that's his biggest asset as a player. 

Austin Czarnik, Peter Mueller and Sean Kuraly are the only players from the opening night roster that will be in again to show their stuff against the Winged Wheels, and undoubtedly to get another long look from the Bruins coaching staff. Here is the full Black and Gold lineup for Wednesday night’s home date against the Red Wings with the untelevised exhibition game to be streamed on bruins.com

 

FORWARDS: Noel Acciari, Matt Beleskey, Anton Blidh, Austin Czarnik, Brian Ferlin, Jesse Gabrielle, Justin Hickman, Sean Kuraly, Dominic Moore, Peter Mueller, Zach Senyshyn, Ryan Spooner.

DEFENSEMEN: Linus Arnesson, Chris Casto, Matt Grzelcyk, Jeremy Lauzon, Adam McQuaid, Colin Miller.

GOALIES: Malcolm Subban, Daniel Vladar.