DETROIT — The Bruins are headed back to Europe to open next season and, given their history in overseas ventures, they’re not about to complain about it.

When the B’s opened the season in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2010-11, they won the Stanley Cup. Last year it was in China and they finished one win shy of the Cup. This time, they’ll be headed back to Prague. Before opening the 2020-21 season against the Nashville Predators at O2 Arena, the B’s will finish training camp in Mannheim, Germany, and will play an exhibition game against Adler Mannheim at SAP Arena.

“We have kicked off our season with international games twice in the past decade and both times the trips have proved valuable for our team building, so we feel that this trip to Germany and the Czech Republic will be beneficial for our team,” said Bruins President Cam Neely. “We are also looking forward to working with the NHL and the Nashville Predators to continue our collective efforts to grow the game of hockey in international markets.”

The B’s have two of the bigger Czech-born stars in the league in David Krejci and David Pastrnak.

“Opening the season in Prague and Northern Ireland back in 2010 was a very special experience to share with my family, friends and teammates,” said Krejci, a native of Sternberk. “It was the start of a year I’ll always remember. Growing up in Czech, it was my dream to play in the NHL so to be able to play in more NHL games in Europe means a lot to me personally. I think it’s great the league continues to grow the game and bring hockey to different countries all over the world.”

Said Pastrnak, who grew up in Havirov: “I was very excited to learn that the Boston Bruins would be heading back to my home country to play in the 2020 NHL Global Series in Prague. I remember driving to O2 Arena as a kid to go see the Bruins play the Coyotes back in 2010 for the NHL Premiere games. The passionate fans and atmosphere were something I’ll never forget — I can’t wait to feel that energy again from the ice in Prague and Mannheim.”

The Preds will finish their training camp in Bern, Switzerland.

Cehlarik gets a chance

Peter Cehlarik had not yet been able to distinguish himself in his first two NHL games this season. But against the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Friday night, he was going to get as good an opportunity as he could hope for.

With Jake DeBrusk unable to play because of a lower body injury, Cehlarik was not only able to play in a top-six role with center Krejci, but also on his natural left side.

“He’s played with David before. We’ve talked about if there was a top-six left wing injury that he’d be a good fit for there, more so than where we put him earlier (on the third and fourth lines). We want to reward the best player in Providence but I think this is kind of the best fit for him,” said coach Bruce Cassidy.

Cassidy said he wants better puck management from Cehlarik, who took a minus-2 in the B’s 7-4 win in Madison Square Garden a couple of weeks ago.

“He has to make the plays that are available to him, when they’re available to him, instead of forcing it in there. Sometimes you have to chip and chase,” said Cassidy. “I think Anders (Bjork) has learned that. All the guys who’ve stayed here have eventually learned that there’s a time to make a play and a time to advance the puck and go get it. That’s the biggest with Peter. And if there are plays there to be made, if he’s going to play up in the lineup, then play to his strength and make similar plays like he’s been doing in Providence. It’s obviously more difficult (here) but that’s what we’re asking.”

Homecoming

Torey Krug is in his seventh full season in the NHL, but it never gets old coming home. He not only was born and raised in nearby Livonia, Mich., but he was coached in junior with the Indiana Ice by current Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill, who remains a big fan of Krug’s.

“Torey’s one of my favorite players I’ve ever coached and he’s one of my favorite people I’ve ever been around,” said Blashill. “He came in as an undrafted player in the USHL and made our team out of camp. He was our first call after the draft. He’s always played with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder like he’s got something to prove and I think he still does. He just has unreal swagger. He just goes out and he plays fearless. I thought he was the best Boston Bruin last year in Game 7 in the Final because he was fearless. But he’s very smart, too. He just goes out and makes plays. He’s always done it and he continues to do it. I’m a big fan of his.”

That’s certainly not the first time Blashill has lauded Krug. But now, with Krug scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, that relationship with Blashill and his hometown take on an added significance as the hockey world wonders what Krug’s next step will be.

Krug himself has stated over and over that he wants to stay in Boston and would — within reason — take a little less to do so. But you’d have to think, if things can’t be worked out in Boston, Detroit would check a lot of boxes for Krug.

Krug himself has put something of a moratorium on speaking about his contract situation as things try to get worked out with the B’s.

Killing it

One thing the coaches in Providence have been incorporating into Zach Senyshyn’s game has been penalty killing, and the speedy winger would at least seem like a natural for it.

“I’ve loved it. It’s just something different. I never did any penalty killing in juniors. It’s something they’ve built into my game the last two years and I’ve enjoyed it a lot,” said Senyshyn. “(Assistant coach) Ryan Mougenel has helped me a lot down there. He’s very strict on his kill and it’s a lot of fun to learn that and maybe get a little bit of offense out of it as well.”

He’s been paired primarily with Brendan Woods.

“We’ve gotten a couple of two-on-ones, a couple of breakaways, which is nice. When you see all that extra room out there it’s nice to take off and put it in that extra gear,” said Senyshyn.

Powerful chemistry

Krug did discuss plenty of things, including the B’s lethal power play, which went into Friday as the top PP in the league (31.4%). He agreed that personnel continuity has a lot to do with it, but they try to keep it fresh with Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Pastrnak.

“Our chemistry is years in the making, for sure,” said Krug. “That being said, we change things up all the time, even when things are clicking, these guys want to try new things — both good and bad at times — but it keeps things interesting.”