BOSTON--Well, at least we don't have to ask who's in goal.
All year long, Randy Carlyle has refused to answer that particular question, which has always been his way. For Game 1 against the Bruins tonight, however, the entire hockey world knows its James Reimer between the pipes.
Still, knowing Carlyle, he may not choose to answer.
Beyond the crease is where it will get interesting for the visitors. Beyond the top line of Tyler Bozak between James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel - assuming Bozak plays - the alignments could be a bit different.
It appears Mikhail Grabovski will get one more shot to get his season rolling on a line between Joffrey Lupul and Nik Kulemin. That will be done partly to try and free up Nazem Kadri, or at least get him away from the best Boston defenders. Kadri will likely have Matt Frattin and Clarke MacArthur as wingmen to start the series.
The fourth line, meanwhile, will likely be Colton Orr on right wing, Jay McClement at centre and Leo Komarov on left wing. Carlyle can't really dress Orr and Frazer McClaren in the lineup together any more, but he'll want one of them, and the more experienced player gets the call.
Komarov will try to lead the team in hits, as usual, but Carlyle talked on Tuesday about how he may be asked to take on extra faceoff duties, particularly during penalty killing sessions if Bozak isn't taking draws because of his mysterious upper body injury.
Carlyle said Komarov is underrated in the faceoff circle. During the regular season, Komarov took 57 draws, winning 29 of them. So he's a 50-50 guy. But he may get used a lot more in this series.
On the back end, it's expected Mike Kostka and John-Michael Liles will draw in as the third pair, with Ryan O'Byrne and Jake Gardiner watching from the press box.