Bulldogs coach Des Hasler is expecting a new rule interpretation around the ruck to lead to inflated penalty counts in the opening rounds.
The Panthers are out for revenge against the team that knocked them out of the 2014 finals, but can they handle the Bulldogs' rampant forward pack?
Despite an extensive rehab during the off-season, five-eighth Josh Reynolds has ruled himself a certain starter to play Penrith on Sunday.
Prize Bulldogs recruit Brett Morris will give the side a more "instinctive" edge in attack this year, according to Sam Perrett.
After playing in two of the past three NRL Grand Finals, this could be the year Des Hasler's Bulldogs go all the way.
The opportunity to learn from Bulldogs coach Des Hasler was the overriding factor that swayed new recruit Curtis Rona to join the Belmore club.
Bulldogs coach Des Hasler has unveiled James Graham as the club's new skipper, with Graham insisting he's just one of many leaders at the club.
Melbourne have come from 18 points down to pip Canterbury 32-30 in their NRL trial match at AAMI Park.
The Storm faced off against the Bulldogs in an innovative opposed session on Wednesday evening ahead of their final trial this Saturday night.
James Graham has suggested an adjustment to the interchange rules to stop players from having to play out of position when a key playmaker gets injured.