We now think we know who the Bruins will play against to open this shortened 2013 NHL season, but we don’t know much else. What is known, in addition to the report that the B’s will open with the Rangers on Jan. 19, is that each club is looking at a 48-game season.
It’s going to be a wild sprint to the finish line, with each game taking added significance. Teams can’t afford slow starts, nor can they withstand some sort of “midseason” lull. As NESN’s Andy Brickley loves to say, “Points are at a premium,” a saying that will take on added significance this season.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at who might be poised for success this season with the short schedule, as well as which teams might be in trouble with the truncated slate.
Who’s got the experience?
The short season means each game takes on more meaning, and that should favor teams who have won when it matters most. Which teams are though? Well, you have to start with the teams that have the right combination of veteran...