BostonBruins.com – Let the countdown begin.
Just 115 days remain until the Bruins take the ice for the start of the 2016-17 season.
The National Hockey League announced the full regular season schedule on Tuesday afternoon, revealing that the Bruins open on the road on Thursday, Oct. 13, at Columbus.
It is the first game of a three-game road swing, which also includes trips to Toronto and Winnipeg.
Boston returns to TD Garden for the home opener on Thursday, Oct. 20, for a tilt against New Jersey, followed by contests with Montreal and Minnesota.
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“Every team starts from scratch,” said Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid. “It’s a new opportunity and the excitement of what could be…Pittsburgh, watching them all lift the Cup and [knowing] how special of a feeling it is and how much you want to do that again here.”
That quest to find the promised land begins a bit later this year because of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which runs from Sept. 17-Oct. 1 in Toronto. Last season’s opener was on Oct. 8.
Another quirk to this year’s schedule includes a planned bye week for every NHL team. The Bruins play Montreal at home on Feb. 12 and do not play again until Feb. 19 at San Jose, which kicks off a four-game road trip – matching the longest of the season – that also includes stops in Anaheim, Los Angeles, and Dallas.
It is the fourth of five four-game road trips for the Bruins.
The Bruins also have a four-day break from Feb. 5-8, meaning they play just three games over a span of 14 days. Boston’s longest homestand is sandwiched in between – from Feb. 4-12 – when it hosts Toronto, San Jose, Vancouver, and Montreal.
The schedule includes 14 sets of back-to-backs. The first is Oct. 25-26 (vs. Minnesota, at N.Y. Rangers) and the last is April 1-2 (vs. Florida, at Chicago).
Boston closes the season with three straight home games against Tampa Bay (April 4), Ottawa (April 6), and Washington (April 8). Eight of the Bruins' final 10 games are at TD Garden.
Some other notable games:
- The Bruins will be the visitors for Toronto’s home opener on Oct. 15. The Maple Leafs could be debuting their No. 1 overall draft pick.
- The Bruins’ first trip to Montreal to visit the Canadiens is Nov. 8.
- Boston will play on Thanksgiving (Nov. 24), when they travel to Ottawa for a 7 p.m. tilt against the Senators. It is the first time the Bruins have played on Thanksgiving since 1989.
- The annual Black Friday game will be Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m., against Calgary at TD Garden.
- The Bruins host Buffalo for a 1 p.m. matinee on New Year’s Eve.
- Boston first clashes with the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 14 at CONSOL Energy Center. The Bruins travel to Pittsburgh again on Jan. 22 and host the Pens on Jan. 26.
- The All-Star Break is Jan. 27-30. The All-Star Game is Jan. 29 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
- The Bruins play two morning games (Feb. 26 at Dallas and April 2 at Chicago). Those games begin at 11:30 a.m. locally and 12:30 p.m. in Boston.
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