The Bruins dropped a 4-2 decision to the Canadiens on Oct. 29 of last season, a setback that hurt reasons extending beyond the fact that it was a loss to the hated Habs.
The loss dropped the Bruins 3-7 on the young season, leading everyone to the assumption that the Bruins had fallen victim to the dreaded Stanley Cup hangover.
The good news, though, was that 10 games represented a small sliver of the season schedule. The B’s then rattled off 10 wins in a row on the way to winning 14 of their next 15 games before making the playoffs easily.
They won’t be afforded the same luxury this season, though. Because of the lockout, we’re likely looking at either a 48- or 50-game schedule.
Whereas 10 games represented only 12 percent of an 82-game season, the same 10-game start this season would have the Bruins sitting at 3-7 nearly a quarter of the way through the season. A start like that, at the risk of getting too carried away, would be catastrophic.
There is obviously one big difference b...