10 Bruins games you should be excited for in 2019-20

Matt Kalman
June 25, 2019 - 2:10 pm

If it seems like the Stanley Cup Final just ended, well it has been just two weeks since the Bruins got rolled on home ice by the St. Louis Blues.

Listen to your team news NOW.

But now you can really turn the page because the NHL released its complete schedule. The Bruins will start on the road against Dallas on Oct. 3, the start of a four-game road trip.

We’ll find out a lot about the Bruins in the first month of the season because of the stiff competition in October. Several of those games are part of my list of 10 games I’m most looking forward to. (Remember this is my list, if you’re looking forward to other games make your own list). Obviously free agency and trades will shift players around, change the look of teams and make this list look different.

But for now, without further ado here are my 10 games to look forward to in 2019-20:

Saturday, October 12 vs. New Jersey

It’s the Bruins’ home-opener, when they’ll get to raise the Eastern Conference championship banner. Just kidding, if you want to see consolation banners go to Indianapolis. There won’t be anything to raise or pass around, but the Bruins will get their first look at P.K. Subban in a Devils sweater and get to face No. 1 overall pick Jack Hughes.

Thursday, Oct. 17 vs. Tampa Bay

This Atlantic Division showdown is usually worth the price of admission, but it’ll be interesting to see how the Lightning’s roster looks and to see how they come out of the gate after last year’s historical season when, as Kenan Thompson so brilliantly put it, Tampa Bay set the record for most wins in the regular season and the fewest wins in the postseason.

Saturday Oct. 19 at Toronto; Tuesday, Oct. 22 vs. Toronto

A home-and-home with what might be the Bruins’ biggest rival right now, at least until Montreal brings up its talent level. What will the Maple Leafs look like? Will they have any defensemen or will they have spent all their money on forwards? Will Nazem Kadri still be in a Maple Leafs sweater? And if yes, will he have to pay the piper for his cheap shot to Jake DeBrusk?

Saturday, Oct. 26 vs. St. Louis

The Cup Final rematch. Will Jordan Binnington have lost the No. 1 goalie job yet? At the very least we might find out if the Blues get called for tripping in the regular season. Enjoy this one while you can because the Bruins and Blues won’t play again until April.

Tuesday, Oct. 29 vs. San Jose

Assuming he re-signs with the Sharks, this should be Joe Thornton’s last visit to Boston. Will the Bruins shower him in gifts? Maybe get Brad Stuart or Wayne Primeau to present them to him. The Bruins and Sharks always play entertaining games anyway.

Friday, Nov. 29 vs. NY Rangers.

This is a Black Friday matinee, something that’s become rarer in recent years with NBC often poaching this one out from under Boston’s feet. It’ll also be a chance to see the new-look Rangers with Jacob Trouba, Artemi Panarin (maybe?) and, of course, No. 2 overall pick Kaapo Kakko.

Saturday, Jan. 4 vs Edmonton

Two words: Connor McDavid. It’s always great to see one of the two best players in the NHL (Nathan MacKinnon being the other). But also Bruins restricted free agent defensmen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo should be hitting their stride after signing their new contracts on Dec. 15 (just kidding, again … I think).

Tuesday, Jan. 21 vs. Vegas

This should be a battle of two of the better teams in the NHL by this point in the season. But more importantly it’s the Bruins’ last game for 10 days. Mid-winter break! Gotta love it.

Saturday, April 4 vs. Carolina

Will the “Bunch of Jerks” still be relevant by the regular season finale? The bet here is that the Hurricanes recede into irrelevance again after one year of glory, but maybe they’ll be fighting for their playoff lives. Heck, maybe the Bruins will be fighting for their lives and looking for Tuukka Rask to save them on the season’s last day. Whatever the situation, this game means the playoffs are just days away and for that reason alone this will be an important game.

Bruins 2019-20 regular season schedule

*All times local to where the game is being played

OCTOBER

Thursday, October 3 @ Dallas, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 5 @ Arizona, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, October 8 @ Vegas, 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 10 @ Colorado, 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 12 vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Monday, October 14 vs. Anaheim, 1 p.m.

Thursday, October 17 vs. Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 19 @ Toronto, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 22 vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 26 vs. St. Louis, 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 27 @ N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 29 vs. San Jose, 7 p.m.

NOVEMBER

Saturday, November 2 vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.

Monday, November 4 vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, November 5 @ Montreal, 7 p.m.

Friday, November 8 @ Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 10 vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, November 12 vs. Florida, 7 p.m.

Friday, November 15 @ Toronto, 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 16 vs. Washington, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, November 19 @ New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Thursday, November 21 vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 23 vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, November 26 @ Montreal, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, November 27 @ Ottawa, 7 p.m.

Friday, November 29 vs. N.Y. Rangers 1 p.m.

DECEMBER

Sunday, December 1 vs. Montreal, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 3 vs. Carolina, 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 5 vs. Chicago, 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 7 vs. Colorado, 7 p.m.

Monday, December 9 @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 11 @ Washington, 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 12 @ Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 14 @ Florida, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 17 vs. Los Angeles, 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 19 vs. N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 21 vs. Nashville, 7 p.m.

Monday, December 23 vs. Washington, 7 p.m.

Friday, December 27 @ Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Sunday, December 29 vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 31 @ New Jersey, 1 p.m.

JANUARY

Thursday, January 2 vs. Columbus, 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 4 vs. Edmonton, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, January 7 @ Nashville, 7 p.m.

Thursday, January 9 vs. Winnipeg, 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 11 @ N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Monday, January 13 @ Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, January 14 @ Columbus, 7 p.m.

Thursday, January 16 vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Sunday, January 19 @ Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 21 vs. Vegas, 7 p.m.

Friday, January 31 @ Winnipeg, 7 p.m.

FEBRUARY

Saturday, February 1 @ Minnesota, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, February 4 vs. Vancouver, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, February 5 @ Chicago, 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 8 vs. Arizona, 3 p.m.

Sunday, February 9 @ Detroit, 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 12 vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 15 vs. Detroit, 1 p.m.

Sunday, February 16 @ N.Y. Rangers, 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 19 @ Edmonton, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, February 21 @ Calgary, 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 22 @ Vancouver, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, February 25 vs. Calgary, 7 p.m.

Thursday, February 27 vs. Dallas, 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 29 @ N.Y. Islanders, 1 p.m.

MARCH

Tuesday, March 3 @ Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 5 @ Florida, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 7 vs. Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 10 @ Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 13 @ Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 14 vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.

Monday, March 16 vs. Columbus, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18 @ Anaheim, 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 19 @ Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 21 @ San Jose, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 24 vs. Detroit, 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 26 vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 28 vs. Florida, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 31 @ Carolina, 7 p.m.

APRIL

Thursday, April 2 @ St. Louis, 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 4 vs. Carolina, 7 p.m.

 

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