The wait has been lengthy, but at long last hockey is returning.

And it’s returning in a big way.

The NHL is returning to finish the 2019-20 campaign after the COVID-19 pandemic forced what will ultimately be a roughly four and a half month pause. But a total of 24 teams will return to play, with the Eastern Conference finishing out in Toronto, while the West plays out in Edmonton. After a round-robin for the top four teams in each conference and a play-in round for the other eight, a full, *traditional* Stanley Cup Playoff will ensue.

Training camps begin July 13, and between then and the August 1 start of the games, NESN will have heaps of preview content about the NHL and Boston Bruins’ return daily. So be sure to bookmark this page check back every day, as links to each story will be posted below, and make sure to do the same on our Bruins preview page here.

Winners, Losers Of League’s Return To Play Format

Five Players With Postseason Breakout Potential

Four Bold Predictions For 2020 NHL Playoffs That May (Or May Not) Surprise You

Weekly Notes: How Teams Around League Approach Goaltending Situation

One Opinion About Each Playoff Team Ahead Of Season Restart

Four Dark Horse Teams That Could Make Deep Postseason Run

NHL Weekly Notes: The Case For Each Hart Trophy Finalist, According To Other NHLers

Eastern Conference Round-Robin Primer: What To Know About All Four Teams

Western Conference Round-Robin Primer: What To Know About All Four Teams

Eastern Conference Qualifying Round Primer For All Matchups

Western Conference Qualifying Round Primer For All Matchups

NHL Playoff Preview: NESN Experts Make Picks For Qualifiers, Round-Robin

NHL Weekly Notes: Takeaways From Scrimmages, First Week In Hub Cities