Now that the lockout is over, and the National Hockey League schedule has been released we can finally dissect the schedule and circle those must see games on our Bruins schedule. We here at Bruins Daily are here to help you with our version of the 10 must see Bruins games of 2013.
January 19 vs. Rangers:
What else can you ask for? After a 113 day lockout and wait, the Boston Bruins will take on a New York team to kick off the 2013 season. The top two teams from a year ago in the Eastern Conference will faceoff at 7pm in Boston on Saturday night. The key will be if Tuukka Rask can shut down the potent offense of Marian Gaborik, Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan as he relieves Tim Thomas of his duties. The Rangers will try and slow down emerging star Tyler Seguin and Selke award winner Patrice Bergeron. The Garden will sure be rocking as hockey returns to The Hub of Hockey.
February 6 at Canadiens:
It is always fun when the B’s invade Montreal. That is no secret. The B’s hate them and they hate the B’s. It is always a physical, entertaining and hard fought game when these two teams meet. Look for the gloves to drop early and often. The B’s will look to take care of business though as the Canadiens are not as competitive as they used to be and it is now time to take advantage especially with a shortened season.
March 5 at Capitals:
It is the first time the B’s will see the team that knocked them out of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The B’s won’t forget how their season ended a year ago, so look for the B’s to come out fired up and execute their game plan. It is always unsettling to not accomplish your goals in a season, so watch the B’s skate with a little something extra in a few months.
March 9 vs. Flyers:
Another big time game this season that will take place in Boston. The B’s and Flyers have had some great battles over the last five years. The Flyers did the unthinkable and eliminated the B’s a few years ago after being down 0-3 and 3-0 in game 7 and don’t think that doesn’t still piss off Bruins players who were on that team. Yes, the B’s routed them in the playoffs two years ago, but some things never go forgotten. Look for a big time battle on this night.
March 7 vs. Maple Leafs:
This may be the most fun Boston fans have in a given night-the return of Phil Kessel. The trade of Phil Kessel facilitated the lottery draft pick of Tyler Seguin so fans cannot thank him enough of accepting the trade to the Maple Leafs. Throughout the game you will hear the Boston faithful cheer “Thank you Kessel” even if he is not on the ice. The B’s had the Maple Leafs number last year, so look for much of the same in this one, B’s dominance.
March 3 vs. Canadiens:
The good ole’ Canadiens come to town. Look for much of the same- fights, hits and a lot of beer flowing from fans. The Canadiens have not been popular in Boston since the Original Six days so why start now?
March 17 at Penguins:
The B’s will travel to Pittsburgh on St. Patrick’s Day to slug it out with the always dangerous Penguins. The B’s will have their hands full with containing Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin not to mention James Neal. The Penguins are loaded and healthy in 2013 so the B’s will need to find a way to outscore a team that has potentially two of the greatest offensive players in the National Hockey League.
March 16 vs. Capitals:
This time the B’s will have the Caps on their home ice. It will be the same ice that the Caps eliminated the B’s on a year ago. The B’s will surely have flashbacks now that the game is in their own building and this time the B’s may not let Ovechkin sniff the goal. Look for Chara to take care of him and maybe the coveted rookie Dougie “Teach me how to Douggie” Hamilton.
February 21 at Lightning:
This game will be fun most due to the recent battles between the two teams. The Bruins will look to try and stop Steven Stamkos (if that is possible) while the Lightning try and stop Tyler Seguin, Nathan Horton and Patrice Bergeron. One of the best games of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs was Game 7 in Boston of the Eastern Conference Finals so let’s hope for another spectacular game between these two teams.
March 30 at Flyers:
If there are more hostile fans than Boston it is Philadelphia. These fans are ruthless and will let the B’s hear it when they travel over there at the end of March. These two teams don’t really care for each other and it is always fun when Scotty Hartnell and Shawn Thornton are on the same sheet of ice. The B’s will try and not let the crowd affect them and look for another win against a Flyers team that they swept in the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs.