The Boston Bruins will get back on the ice Thursday night for an exhibition game against the Columbus Blue Jackets before kicking off their round robin schedule Sunday afternoon versus the Philadelphia Flyers.
These two teams met in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season, a series the B's won in six games. It's possible they could meet again in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the seeding for the first round is still to be determined.
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The Blue Jackets are a good test for the Bruins in their first game since the regular season was halted in March due to COVID-19. Columbus is a quality defensive team that plays with good structure and discipline. The Blue Jackets tied for the third-fewest goals allowed during the regular season, so the Bruins should have to fight for every Grade A scoring chance.
Two players to watch for the B's tonight are young forwards Jack Studnicka and Anders Bjork. Second-line right winger Ondrej Kase still isn't available for game action, which gives both Studnicka and Bjork a chance to impress head coach Bruce Cassidy ahead of the playoffs.
A strong performance over the next two weeks by either of these talented forwards could earn them a larger role once the postseason commences. Studnicka, in particular, is an exciting prospect with his excellent speed and powerful shot.
Here's how to watch Bruins vs. Blue Jackets online.
When: Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NHL Network, NESN
Live Stream: NESNGo
Bruins vs. Blue Jackets live stream: Watch NHL exhibition game online originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston