What the Boston Bruins' Opening Night Lineup Should Look Like

The Bruins' lineup should look like this when they face the Blackhawks on Wednesday.
Jan 29, 2023; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA;  Boston Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery talks to the media.
Jan 29, 2023; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Boston Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery talks to the media. / James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
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Line #3: Trent Frederic — Charlie Coyle — Morgan Geekie

With Zacha and Poitras centering the first two lines, that makes Charlie Coyle one of the best third-line centers in the league. The former 2010 first-rounder hasn't missed a game since 2020-21, recording 32 goals and 89 points over 164 games in the last two seasons. He's also not afraid to grind things out when the situation calls for it.

Trent Frederic also fits on the third line like a glove. Not only has he recorded over 100 hits in back-to-back seasons, but he also scored 17 goals last year, proving that he's more than just a physical presence.

I like the idea of the newly-acquired Morgan Geekie on this line. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound forward joined the Bruins on a two-year contract over the summer after tallying 28 points in 69 games with the Seattle Kraken. With a career faceoff percentage of 51.1%, I wouldn't be surprised if he winds up taking draws on this line from time to time.

Line #4: Milan Lucic — Johnny Beecher — Jakub Lauko

Milan Lucic didn't return to Boston to watch from the press box, so I expect him to be our fourth-line left winger throughout the 2023-24 NHL season. He might not have as much left in the tank, but he'll provide a physical presence to keep the opposition in check when necessary.

While many people are projecting Patrick Brown to center this line, let's go with Johnny Beecher instead. The Elmira, NY native looked solid with 38 points in 61 games with Providence last year and just picked up two in four preseason games. He has good size and speed, making him the perfect option for the fourth line and penalty kill.

Adding some extra skill to this line, I see Jakub Lauko rounding things out. He made his debut last year, recording seven points in 23 games before adding an assist in three playoff appearances. His speed and defensive talents will add an extra dimension to this trio.