WILMINGTON -- Spirited workout here at the Bruins’ practice facility, following the paring of the roster to 23 on Monday morning.
Newcomers Milan Lucic and David Krejci were on spearate lines, getting regular work under the watch of a very vocal and animated Claude Julien, who will take his charges into battle for the first time this season Friday night in Dallas.
Lucic, the rookie fromt the Vancouver Giants, lined up on left wing with fellow newcomer Glen Metropolit at the pivot and free-agent acquisition Shawn Thornton on right side.
Krejci, the skilled center who got clobbered in his NHL debut at Buffalo last season, flew with wing men P.J. Axelsson and Phil Kessel.
The No. 1 line, as expected, had Marc Savard, last year’s top scorer, working between Peter Schaefer and Glen Murray. That trio combined for only 2-6-8 in the pre-season.
The No. 2 line had Patrice Bergeron (0-1—1 in exhibition play), with Marco Sturm (LW) and Chuck Kobasew.
A mix-and-match trio of Lucic-Jeremy Reich and Brandon Bochenski also toiled as a trio, with Thornton sometimes sparing Lucic.
The backline regulars were Zdeno Chara with Dennis Wideman, along with the Two Drews, Andrew Ference and Andrew Alberts. Bobby Allen, Adam Ward and Mark Stuart worked with a variety of partners.
- Amalie Benjamin, Globe Bruins reporter
- Fluto Shinzawa, Globe NHL reporter