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NHL schedules released, Bruins to play Rangers in two of first three

01.12.13 at 10:51 pm ET
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Following the signing of the memorandum of understanding reflecting the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, NHL schedules were released on Saturday night. As was reported by Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe earlier in the week, the B’s will open the season on Jan. 19 against the Rangers at TD Garden.

The B’s will continue their homestand by hosting the Jets on Monday, Jan. 21 before hitting the road to face the Rangers in New York.

The B’s will first face the Canadiens on Feb. 6 in Montreal and will not host the Habs until March 3. Boston’s longest road trip will take place in mid-to-late February, with the B’s visiting Buffalo, Winnipeg, Tampa, Florida and the Islanders from Feb. 15-26. They will play just two of their 11 February games at home.

The format of the schedule includes only in-conference games, with teams playing two of their divisional rivals four times each and the other two five times each. The B’s face will face the Sabres and Senators five times apiece and will play the Habs and Maple Leafs four times. They will face all other Eastern Conference teams three times.

The schedule figured to be more compressed, as the league had to fit 48 games into a shorter stretch of time. As a result, the Bruins will have seven sets of back-to-back games. They had 12 back-to-backs in all of last season.

Boston’s regular season will end on April 27, which is 20 days later than it ended last season.

Individual game tickets will go on sale Wednesday at 2 p.m. on the Bruins’ website and the their box office.

For the complete Bruins’ schedule, check out the Bruins’ official website.

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