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Bruins to Face Devils in Home Opener

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins — There’s a new date for Bruins fans to add to their calendars.

As announced by the NHL on Monday, the puck will drop for the Bruins’ 2016-17 home opener on Thursday, Oct. 20, at TD Garden against the New Jersey Devils.

It marks just the second time in franchise history that Boston will open its home schedule against the Devils. The first time was in 2003-04, with a game that resulted in a 3-3 tie.

“It’s really exciting,” said defenseman Adam McQuaid. “It’s been a long offseason; it can’t come soon enough.”

“Just excited for the possibilities of a new year and hopefully what’s to come and to get in front of our fans here and have that excitement, to feel the energy again. It’s a new year and I think everyone’s really looking forward to it, and we’ll hopefully have a lot of success.”

The full 2016-17 regular season schedule is forthcoming from the NHL.

The Bruins took the season series against New Jersey in 2015-16, going 2-1-0. They won their lone game at TD Garden against the Devils on Dec. 20, with Ryan Spooner notching the shootout winner in a 2-1 victory. Spooner also scored the winner in a 4-1 win on Jan. 8 at the Prudential Center.

Boston’s all-time home record against New Jersey is 32-14-8-6 (60-34-14-10 overall).

The franchise’s all-time record in home openers is 38-37-16.

“It’s a special night for all the guys, just getting to be back in front of a great atmosphere and great crowd,” McQuaid said of opening night at TD Garden. “I can remember the first time that I made the Opening Night roster — didn’t get to play in the game, but I can just remember the excitement and it’s still the same every year.”

“To get to think that you get to skate out with the Spoked-B and the history of an Original Six team and think of all the other names that have worn the jersey, and how fortunate you are to be able to do that as well.”

The Bruins sold out every regular season game at TD Garden during the 2015-16 season for the sixth straight year. They will carry a sellout streak of 294 consecutive games (regular season and playoffs) into the 2016-17 season at TD Garden.

The Black & Gold were well aware of their difficulties in the confines of home last season. They finished the 2015-16 season with a 17-18-6 record at home, while posting a 25-13-3 road record.

“It’s unfortunate for our fans, that [the barrage] was at home most of the time,” Matt Beleskey said at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season. “They deserve better. We want to put a better product out there for them.”

Fans looking to be the first to receive information on tickets for the 2016-17 season can do so by subscribing to the Boston Bruins email.

Key Dates Previously Announced

2016 Development Camp: July 12-15

2016 Rookie Camp: Opens Sept. 15

2016 Training Camp: Opens Sept. 22; On-Ice Sessions Begin Sept. 23

2016 Preseason: Begins Sept. 26

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