Jack Capuano said Rick DiPietro will start tonight here in Boston and may play anywhere from 1-2 periods.
"He's a had a great summer and he deserves this opportunity," Capuano said. "It's the first summer since I've been in contact with him that he feels really, really good, he's done his work and he's itching to get back in. He deserves it."
Anders Nilsson is tonight's backup.
Among the skaters to watch tonight: the top-9 forward line with Blake Comeau, Josh Bailey and PA Parenteau; the potential fourth-line candidates Jay Pandolfo, Trevor Frischmon and Jeremy Colliton and, on defense, seeing what 38-year-old tryout Steve Staios has to offer, as well as a couple of promising young kids, Calvin de Haan and Matt Donovan.
De Haan has had a nice couple weeks of work and has stood out by not really standing out, just doing his work and trying to be consistent.
This relatively inexperienced Isles group is facing a pretty stacked Bruins group tonight -- it is the defending champs' first game since their Game 7 Cup triumph in Vancouver three months ago.
Tim Thomas gets the start in goal for the B's, and regulars Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Johnny Boychuk, Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, David Krejci and Rich Peverley are all in the lineup.