Boston Bruins fans still licking their wounds from the monumental collapse suffered during the Stanley Cup Finals can start circling dates on their calendars now. The official NHL Preseason schedule was released today, and the Bruins will end a short offseason on September 16.
After appearing to be a minute away from Game 7 in the final round against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Bruins allowed two goals in 17 seconds and then watched their opponents skate Lord Stanley around the TD Garden. It was a thrilling, albeit crushing defeat which left hockey fans craving more. Well, it’s officially two months until this wish is granted.
It appears the league doesn’t want to waste time reigniting a classic rivalry, as Boston will lace up for their first preseason game in Quebec, facing off against the hated Montreal Canadiens. It’s highly doubtful this game will look anything like the blood-thirsty slug-fests we’re used to seeing between these two, but if you want to get a pair of teams jacked up for hockey’s return, this is how you do it.
Oddly enough, of the Bruins’ seven preseason games, only two will actually be in Boston. Fans won’t get too many chances to see new additions Loui Eriksson and Jarome Iginla in their home uniforms before the regular season, which could very well add to some drawing power for these games against the Washington Capitals and the new division rival Detroit Red Wings.
Will the team show the same rink rust we saw after their last Cup run in 2011? Will goalie Tuukka Rask still be as sharp in net now that he has his brand new deal? Are the fans going to boo Iginla? And will all eight million of Patrice Bergeron‘s playoff injuries finally be healed?
We’ll find out in two months. Get ready Bruins fans, hockey’s not too far away.