The Boston Bruins season is about to begin, with the team and fans alike expecting a deep run to the Stanley Cup.
The Bruins ended last season with a second-round playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Even with the elimination, fans were happy and excited for the road ahead with the promise of the young crop of players who seemed to show promise.
Going into this season depending on Bergeron’s health, the Boston Bruins will still have one of the strongest lines with Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak together. Bruce Cassidy has matched up Danton Heinen with David Krejci during the preseason to hopefully get two strong lines to begin the season. Donato and DeBrusk are still showing they belong; if they can keep up last season’s pace, there will be a good balance of scoring that could make this Bruins team tough to handle offensively.
Defensively, they are still able to depend on Zdeno Chara. Also with players like Grzelcyk, McAvoy, and Krug, they offensively can add some points from the back end. The depth will help them throughout the season when injuries occur with Moore and Miller most likely the other defensemen who will start the season.
Important games this season
Oct. 3 at Washington
The Boston Bruins open the NHL season versus the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. It is also the night they raise their banner.
Oct. 8 vs. Ottawa
The Bruins will be on home ice for the first time in a matinee game on Columbus Day.
Oct. 27 vs. Montreal
This is the first matchup between the two rivals this upcoming season. This is the Red Sox versus Yankees version of the NHL.
Nov. 10 vs. Toronto
The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired John Tavares and this is the first time the Boston fans see him as a division rival.
Nov. 29 vs. Islanders
Rick Middleton becomes the 12th Boston Bruins player to have his number raised to the rafters on this night.
Jan. 1 at Chicago (Winter Classic – Notre Dame Stadium)
Original Six franchises meet in this year’s 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the Bruins face the Chicago Blackhawks. This will be the third time the Bruins take part in the outdoor game.
The B’s last game of the season is versus the Lightning, Tampa knocked them out of the playoffs. This game could also have implications in the standings.
- Longest road stretch: 5 games – Feb 15 to 23, against the Ducks, Kings, Sharks, Golden Knights and Blues.
- Longest Homestand: 6 games – Feb 26 to Mar 9, against Sharks, Lightning, Devils, Hurricanes, Panthers, and Senators.
- The All-Star Break is Jan. 25-28, with the game being played on Jan. 27 at SAP Center in San Jose.
- The Bruins play four matinee games at home this season.
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