The Bruins and the rest of the NHL found out their schedule for the 2013-14 season on Friday afternoon, and with the return to the 82-game schedule this season, the B’s will get a look at the entire league.
After getting a quick glance at the Bruins’ schedule, there are a handful of games that stand out right away. Here’s a quick look at some of the games to watch this season.
Thursday, Oct. 3 versus Tampa Bay – The season and home opener. Enough said.
Saturday, Oct. 5 versus Detroit – The Red Wings come to town for the first time as a member of the Eastern Conference and the Atlantic Division.
Thursday, Oct. 24 versus San Jose — Joe Thornton returns as the Sharks come to Boston.
Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Pittsburgh – The first meeting for these two Eastern Conference powers since the B’s swept the Penguins.
Tuesday, Nov. 5 versus Dallas – Tyler Seguin returns to Boston for the first time since being traded this summer.
Saturday, Nov. 9 versus Toronto – The two teams’ first matchup since the Bruins’ shocking Game 7 win last season.
Thursday, Nov. 14 versus Columbus – This could be Nathan Horton‘s first return to Boston since signing with the Blue Jackets, although he may still be recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
Thursday, Dec. 5 at Montreal – The historic rivals meet for the first time in the 2013-14 season.
Saturday, Dec. 14 at Vancouver – The Bruins and Canucks renew their rivalry that was born in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.
Sunday, Jan. 19 at Chicago – A rematch of the Stanley Cup Final takes place in a Sunday matinee at United Center.
Saturday, Feb. 1 versus Edmonton – Andrew Ference makes his return to Boston after signing with the Oilers this summer.
Tuesday, Feb. 4 verus Vancouver – The Canucks return to Boston for the first time since a fight-filled affair in January 2012.
Thursday, March 27 versus Chicago – The Blackhawks return to TD Garden for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in June.
Sunday, April 13 at New Jersey – The Bruins’ 2013-14 season comes to a close against the Devils.