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Bruins Trying to Stay Active During Time Off

May 22, 2019

The Bruins are taking the idea of “the only team that can beat us is ourselves” seriously this week.

As they deal with the 11-day layoff leading up to Game 1 Stanley Cup Final, the B’s will host an intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday night at TD Garden.

Instead of their usual morning practice, the Bruins will treat Thursday as a game day and suit up on home ice, with a Black team and White team, each one sporting three forward lines and five defenders full of Bruins players and the Black Aces from Providence.

“We’re trying to simulate a game situation, going to the rink, preparing for a game day,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Tuesday. “I don’t know at the end of the day how it’s going to play out until Game 1 happens. There’s some ideas we’ve bandied around, came up with this one. It will be live, to a certain extent.”

While there’s an injury risk Cassidy admitted is inherent to the concept, they’ll try to make sure it’s not an overly physical environment as they tune up for the games ahead.

“We’ll talk to the players about the physicality part,” he said. “We’re looking for compete and we’re looking for pace, not looking for guys to blow each other up.... We’ve had good practices, this will just be a little bit different.”

Cassidy also noted they’ll control some situations, like having a power play at some point and a 6-on-5 at the end of the game regardless of the score.

There will be two on-ice officials, and the plan is to have two 25-minute halves.

“We’re going to try to simulate a checking line versus a top line, so we’ll sort through the final (rosters),” Cassidy said.

Cassidy also noted Zdeno Chara should be healthy if he participates and has no restrictions after missing Game 4 with the Hurricanes.

The scrimmage is open to the public (tickets are $20), in similar fashion to how the Blue Jackets hosted a scrimmage during their time off waiting for the Bruins to finish the first round.

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