BOSTON - While the Bruins' magical run to the 2019 Stanley Cup Final is still fresh in everyone's minds, it's time to start looking forward to next season.
On Tuesday afternoon, the National Hockey League announced the full 2019-20 regular-season schedule. And there are plenty of notable matchups on the docket, including showdowns against all four postseason foes from this past spring, the traditional Black Friday matinee, and many more.
Here are some of the best games to circle on your calendar:
Oct. 3 at Dallas (7:30 p.m. ET, American Airlines Center)
After an abbreviated summer, the Bruins will get right back to it for the season opener against Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and the Stars. It is the beginning of a monster opening road trip that also includes stops in Arizona, Vegas, and Colorado.
Oct. 12 vs. New Jersey (7 p.m. ET, TD Garden)
Boston will return home for its TD Garden debut to take on No. 1 overall pick Jack Hughes, the newly acquired P.K. Subban, and the New Jersey Devils. It will be the fans' first chance to see the 2019-20 edition of the Black & Gold, as well as the highly-anticipated renovations to the Garden.
Oct. 17 vs. Tampa Bay (7 p.m. ET, TD Garden)
The Bruins will close out their opening homestand with a tilt against the reigning Presidents' Trophy winners, who were swept out of the first round by Columbus this spring. It will be the first of four showdowns between the division rivals in what should be another season-long battle for the top spot in the Atlantic.
Oct. 19 at Toronto (7 p.m. ET, Scotiabank Arena)
The Black & Gold will visit the Maple Leafs in the teams' first meeting since Game 7 of the opening round this spring. Like the Lightning, Toronto - the B's first-round opponent two years in a row - will no doubt be one of Boston's toughest competitors throughout the season.
Oct. 26 vs. St. Louis (7 p.m. ET, TD Garden)
Not much to explain here. In what may be the most anticipated matchup of the year, the Bruins and Blues will face off in an early-season clash for the first time since Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Nov. 5 at Montreal (7 p.m. ET, Bell Centre)
The first of four meetings between the long-time rivals will happen in enemy territory. The Canadiens, under the direction of former Bruins coach Claude Julien, just missed out on the postseason in 2018-19 and, as always, should give the B's their best shot.
Nov. 29 vs. New York Rangers (1 p.m. ET, TD Garden)
The traditional Black Friday matinee returns to the schedule in 2019 with an Original Six matchup. The nationally televised meeting will provide Bruins fans with their first look at No. 2 overall pick Kaapo Kakko and newly acquired blue liner Jacob Trouba in red, white, and blue.
Dec. 1 vs. Montreal (7 p.m. ET, TD Garden)
In the second game of a season-high five-game homestand, the Habs will make their first trip to Causeway Street for a Sunday night showdown.
Dec. 3 vs. Carolina (7 p.m. ET, TD Garden)
Yes, this might be the best home stretch of the season. After hosting the Rangers and Habs, the Bruins will welcome the Hurricanes to the Garden in the teams' first meeting since the Eastern Conference Final. Boston closes the five-game homestand with matchups against Chicago and Colorado.
Jan. 2 vs. Columbus (7 p.m. ET, TD Garden)
The Bruins will kick off 2020 with a game against the Blues Jackets. It will be the teams' first matchup since Boston ousted Columbus in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
April 2 at. St. Louis (7 p.m. ET, Enterprise Center)
In their road finale, the Black & Gold will visit the Blues for the first time since the Stanley Cup Final.
April 4 vs. Carolina (7 p.m. ET, TD Garden)
Boston will return home from St. Louis to wrap up the regular season against the Hurricanes with a Saturday night showdown between last year's Eastern Conference finalists at the Garden.
Some other nuggets from the 2019-20 schedule:
- Longest road trip - 4 games (three times: Oct. 3-Oct. 10; Dec. 9-Dec. 14; Feb. 16-22).
- Longest homestand - 5 games (Nov. 29-Dec. 7: N.Y. Rangers, Montreal, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado).
- The Bruins will have a nine-day layoff from Jan. 22-30 for their bye week and the All-Star Break. The 2020 All-Star Game will be held on Jan. 25 in St. Louis.
- Boston's West Coast swing is brief this season. The Bruins will travel to Anaheim, Los Angeles, and San Jose from March 18-21. The Western Canada trip - which actually begins in New York on Feb. 16 - runs from Feb. 19 through Feb. 22, with stops in Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver.
- The schedule includes 14 sets of back-to-backs, with the first Oct. 26-27 (vs. St. Louis, at New York Rangers) and last March 18-19 (at Anaheim, at Los Angeles).
- The Bruins will play in 10 matinees, including five at TD Garden
For the full 2019-20 regular season schedule, click here.
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