The Bruins got back to work Tuesday night at the Garden against Ottawa, beginning a jam-packed post-All-Star Game slate that is sure to test the mettle and endurance of the reigning Stanley Cup champs.
Before the Bruins can even begin their quest to repeat in the postseason, they first have to run through a gauntlet featuring 35 games over the final 10 weeks of the regular season. That includes 17 games in March alone and 19 games away from the friendly confines of the Garden.
Each of those remaining games will be important as the Bruins look to earn home ice for the playoffs. They return from the break leading the Northeast Division by four points and trailing the Rangers by just two points for first place in the conference. But while every game carries plenty of significance, there are certain matchups that will be more anticipated than others.