Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/19/14
Boston_bruins_v_42a5
8 a.m. ET: This is the day hockey fans have been waiting on for way too long. The NHL is back, and it’s back in a big way. The lockout is over, the accelerated training camp has finished and it’s time to get after it. Professional hockey returns to rinks everywhere on Saturday, and there may not be a better game on the docket than the one set to take place in Boston. The Bruins will open their 2013 season in a big way, welcoming the New York Rangers to town. It’s a matchup of two teams that have Stanley Cup dreams, and it could mark the first of many meetings between the two clubs, extending well into the spring. Boston will be ushering in a new era of sorts. The B’s turn the goaltending responsibilities over to Tuukka Rask. The Finnish netminder is no stranger to the starting role, though. Rask started 39 games during the 2009-10 season, going 22-12-5 with a very nice 1.97 goals against average and an impressive .931 save percentage. He’s got big shoes to fill, though, with Tim Thomas opting to spend his year in Colorado rather than between the pipes in Boston. On the other side of the ice, there are no goaltending questions. Henrik Lundqvist is the reigning Vezina winner and is the league’s best goalie in the eyes of many. On top of that, the Rangers have one of the league’s deepest rosters as well as some of the NHL’s highest expectations. Puck drop between these two elite clubs is set for 7 p.m. with coverage on NESN beginning at 5:30, but be sure to check back here before this one starts for updates from the Garden.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Tim Tebow: Gators don't have offensive leadership, lack heart

Colts punter asks Antonio Brown not to kick him in face

NFL: Luke Kuechly should not have been ejected

Report: Okla. St. players fell asleep in drive-thru, arrested

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

Mike Pettine considered benching Hoyer for Manziel

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Percy Harvin speaks out: 'I'm not a perfect person'

Report: Kobe has prevented Lakers from signing top talent

Red Sox may be ready to move Yoenis Cespedes

Alleged details of War Machine's suicide letter released

Austin Davis says Rams security didn't recognize him

LeBron: Bulls are 'much better' than Cavs right now

Ortiz surprised military families with World Series tickets

NFL Power Rankings Week 7

Floyd Mayweather posts photo evidence of a lost bet

WATCH: Paul George takes court for first time since leg injury

Five most surprising NFL players through seven weeks

WATCH: Boxer viciously attacks referee at Euro Championships

WATCH: Salvador Perez hassles Lorenzo Cain at media session

Lane Kiffin trashed in Tennessee political ad

WATCH: Lawrence Timmons throws up on field during MNF

10 NBA players who could be traded by the All-Star break

WATCH: Jimbo Fisher gets annoyed, cuts interview short

WATCH: Les Miles has classic reaction to dumb question

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

NFL Power Rankings Week 7

Pistorius sentenced to five years

Lane Kiffin trashed in political ad

Details of War Machine's suicide letter leaked

Angry Jimbo Fisher cuts off interview

Is Kobe's deal hurting the Lakers?

Tenn. coach tried to trip Ole Miss CB?

GGG continues his reign of terror

The 6 things that mattered this weekend in the premier league

News station congratulates Gary Payton for TD record

Ray Rice could be back by Week 10?

12 amazing stats from Week 7

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.