NHL schedule released, Bruins open vs. Lightning
|07.19.13 at 2:18 pm ET|
The NHL released both its 2013-14 schedule and the names for the new divisions Friday. The Bruins, who are in the Atlantic Division with the Sabres, Red Wings, Pnathers, Canadiens, Senators, Lightning and Maple Leafs, will open on Oct. 3 against the Lightning at TD Garden. Their season-opening homestand will then continue with games against the Red Wings and Colorado.
The Bruins will play the Blackhawks twice, with the B’s facing the Stanley Cup champions in Chicago on Jan. 19 and hosting them on March 27. They will not face the Canadiens until Dec. 5, when they travel to Montreal for the first of four games against their division rival.
The schedule will feature a midseason break from Feb. 9 to Feb. 26 to allow players to compete in the 2o14 Sochi Olympics. As a result, the schedule is more compressed on both sides, including 17 occurrences of games on back-to-back days for the Bruins.
Tyler Seguin will return to Boston with the Stars on Nov. 5, marking his first trip back to the Garden since the B’s traded him and Rich Peverley to Dallas on July 4. Andrew Ference and the Oilers will be in town on Feb. 1, while Nathan Horton may not face his former team this season, since he is out for 4-6 months due to shoulder surgery and the B’s and Blue Jackets play their entire three-game season series in the first two months of the season.
Vancouver will host the Bruins on Dec. 14, marking the Bruins’ first trip to Rogers Arena for the first time since they won the Stanley Cup on June 15, 2011. The Bruins’ annual post-Thanksgiving matinee will be played Nov. 29 at TD Garden against the Rangers.
Kevin Dillon contributed to this report.