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B’s Release 2015-16 Schedule: Highlights & Notable Matchups

by Jess Isner / Boston Bruins — On Thursday morning, the NHL released its 2015-16 schedule, and for the Bruins, the new campaign begins on Thursday, October 8 at TD Garden against Winnipeg.

Unlike last year, the Bruins will kick off their season with a three-game homestand, also facing Montreal (October 10, 7 PM) and defending Eastern Conference champions Tampa Bay in a Columbus Day matinee on October 12 at 1 PM.

The Canadiens’ visit to TD Garden on October 10 marks their only visit of the season to Boston’s home arena. They will also play Boston at Gillette Stadium on January 1, 2016, in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. The Bruins, alternately, will make three trips to the Bell Centre in 2015-16: On Saturday, November 7; on Wednesday, December 9; and on Tuesday, January 19.

The other division opponent Boston will face five times this season is Toronto. The Bruins will take on the Maple Leafs at home on Saturday, November 21; on Saturday, January 16; and on Tuesday, February 2. They will visit Toronto on the road on Monday, November 23 and on Saturday, March 26.

One of the biggest highlights of Boston’s 2015-16 schedule is the return of the Black Friday matinee, which falls on November 27 against the New York Rangers at 1 PM. They will also play the night before Thanksgiving, on the road against Detroit.

The Bruins’ longest road trip of the season will come in February, when they will take off for a six-game stretch through Winnipeg, Minnesota, Detroit, Columbus, Nashville and Dallas. Their West Coast road trip falls from March 15 to March 23 and will take them through San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles before ending at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers.

Boston’s longest homestand is a five-game slate that will run from Thursday, November 12 to Saturday, November 21 and will feature matchups against Colorado, Detroit, San Jose, Minnesota and Toronto.

The B’s first-ever visit to Barclays Center in Brooklyn to face the Islanders will come on Friday, October 23. The B’s will also visit Barclays Center on Sunday, November 8.

Boston will face the defending-champion Chicago Blackhawks for the first time on Thursday, March 3 at TD Garden. The Bruins will travel to face the Blackhawks on Sunday, April 3, in the final game of a four-game road trip that also features visits to Toronto, New Jersey and St. Louis. The game against Chicago also marks the end of a stretch in which the Bruins will play eight of nine games on the road.

In total, Boston will play in 11 back-to-backs in 2015-16.

This year, rather than finishing the season with a three-game road swing, the Bruins will close out at TD Garden, facing Carolina on Tuesday, April 5; Detroit on Thursday, April 7; and finishing up with a Saturday matinee against Ottawa at 12:30 PM.

You can see the Bruins’ full 82-game slate here.

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