Boston, MA -- The National Hockey League announced today that the Boston Bruins will open the home portion of their 2008-09 regular season schedule at the TD Banknorth Garden against Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the reigning Eastern Conference champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, October 20th. The league has announced the home openers for each of its 30 member clubs and is slated to announce each team’s complete 2008-09 schedule at noon on Thursday, July 17.
Along with announcing each team’s opener, the NHL also announced each clubs’s “wildcard” opponents. The Bruins will face their divisional opponents six times during the season, and its non-divisional conference opponents four times. Boston will also play every Western Conference team at least once and will play home-and-home sets with three “wildcard” Western Conference teams – the Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues.
The Bruins will play the Wild in Minnesota's home opener on Saturday, October 11th.