What to watch for in November
Throughout the 2015-16 season, Bruins Daily will provide a monthly outlook on potential news and events both on and off the ice.
Following a 0-3-0 start, the Boston Bruins ended their October slate having won six of their last seven games. That is an impressive feat for a team that was written off this year by many pundits — including your’s truly — but there’s still work to be done for head coach Claude Julien and company.
Fresh off a two-game sweep in the Sunshine State, the Bruins will get back to work and prepare for a challenging slate to start November. That, along with a charity event hosted by Bruins Daily and StinkySocks Hockey, a family reunion and the first NWHL game in Boston highlight the hockey events around The Hub for the 11th month of 2015.
Bruins Daily, StinkySocks Hockey, host the Frosted Fall
Want to help disadvantage kids get into the game of hockey? Then join Bruins Daily and StinkySocks Hockey at the fourth annual Frosted Fall Benefit for the Boston Bruins Foundation on Friday, November 13th at the Boston Exchange Conference Center (212 Northern Avenue) from 8 p.m. to midnight. This year’s special guests include select Bruins Alumni, the Bruins Ice Girls, live music from 80’s cover band Fast Times and the one and only Rene Rancourt.
General Admission tickets are $30. Gold tickets, which include early access two hours before the event, free parking, small appetizers, an open bar and a meet and greet with Bruins alumni, Rancourt and more are priced at $125.
Click here for more information on this year’s Frosted Fall.
Bruins face crucial four-game test to start the month
It won’t take long for the Bruins to prepare for another difficult slate. Starting Tuesday against old friend Tyler Seguin and the Central Division leading Dallas Stars at TD Garden, the Black and Gold begin November with four games in six nights. The B’s follow that with a three-game road trip beginning Thursday as they try to finally light the lamp against Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals for the first time since March 28, 2014. They close out this stretch with a trip to Montreal against the red-hot Canadiens on Saturday before a quick turnaround to Brooklyn with another matchup against the Islanders less than 24 hours later.
The Bruins have made significant strides since dropping their first three games to start the season. But if they want to be considered in the postseason discussion down the road, they’ll need to show what they’re made of during the first week of November.
Boston Pride’s home opener
Through the first month of their inaugural season, the NWHL has received quite the buzz. From Katie Nolan’s tryout with the New York Riveters to coverage on Puck Daddy and Stanley Cup of Chowder (along with their CWHL coverage) to John Buccigross’ shoutout, the league is deservingly getting quite the recognition.
The hype on the local level should increase when the Boston Pride, who are off to a 3-0-0 start, play their first game in front of their home fans at the Bright Hockey Center (home of the Harvard University hockey teams) against the Riveters on November 22nd. From Olympians Hilary Knight, Briana Decker, Kacey Bellamy and Gigi Marvin to local products Jillian Dempsey and Amanda Pelkey, the Pride’s star-studded roster should give local hockey fans something to be excited over. Click here for more ticket information.
A Thanksgiving family reunion for the Hayes brothers
Over the last few years, the Bruins and Rangers have had some remarkable regular season and postseason battles against one another. There will be a different twist to it this year as they take part in the league’s “Thanksgiving Showdown” as Jimmy and Kevin Hayes will be front and center when they represent Boston and New York, respectively.
The hype of the Hayes’ showdown may not reach Winter Classic levels, but there will still be quite the buzz. We’ll provide part of that hype in the coming weeks here on Bruins Daily. Stay tuned!