Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/27/13
(Photo Credit: Jeff Hayes/Reuters) Hockey has the best season for its offseason; summer. While hockey fans sulk over the conclusion of the NHL season, they are distracted by the luxuries that the warm and sunny summer months deliver. Soaking up the sun, spending vacations at peaceful getaways, and disregarding reality for just a second helps fans recuperate. Suddenly, when reality jumps back, fans are struck with joy because the NHL preseason is in full tilt. As July nears its last few days, August becomes the last month standing in the way of the NHL season. For Bruins fans, August is the only month with no activity. With the 2013 development camp completing a couple weeks ago, fans can expect more action from the organization in early September. September 3 sparks the fire towards the proceedings of the Bruins’ 2013-14 season. Rookie camp begins that day, followed by training camp on September 11. Boston starts its preseason against long-time rival, the Montreal Canadiens, in Quebec on September 16. The preseason in September is jam-packed with a total of seven games being played in a matter of 11 days. Mid-September through late-September will help glue Bruins fans towards their televisions for the upcoming season. The season opens up on October 3, with Boston hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning in a possible barnburner game. Although the loss of star forward, Vincent Lecavalier may be detrimental, the leadership behind veteran-Lightning forward Martin St. Louis, forward Steven Stamkos, and defenseman Mattias Ohlund will catapult the Lightning to pose a large threat against the Bruins in both teams’ first game of the 2013-14 season. Bruins continue the season with two home games against the Detroit Red Wings on October 5, and Colorado Avalanche on October 10, before heading to Columbus on October 12 to face former-Bruin forward, Nathan Horton as a Blue Jacket. The realignment of divisions to Pacific, Central, Metropolitan, and Atlantic brings back new and familiar teams to face-off in league play. Boston joins the Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Toronto Maple Leafs in the Atlantic Division. The 2013-14 season, with new and old division members will offer Bruins fans even more excitement as they face off against three other Original Six teams: the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. I think I can speak on behalf of NHL fans and players when I say, September cannot come quick enough.

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