The NHL and NHLPA are still working on the final pieces of putting together an official collective bargaining agreement but details of what teams’ schedules may look like are starting to surface.
According to CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty, the Bruins are expected to open their 48-game regular season against the Montreal Canadiens on the road at the Bell Centre on January 19. It is also expected that the B’s will hold their home opener at the Garden against Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Martin Luther King Day matinee on January 21.
So the B’s will open up their compressed season against some very familiar foes, which is some pretty exciting news for hockey fans in New England. Then again, there won’t be too many matchups against unfamiliar opponents – the 48-game regular season will consist of seven games against divisional opponents and home-and-home contests against each of the other 10 Eastern Conference opponents. No cross-conference games are expected to be played until the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Bruins are expected to open training camp no earlier than Saturday and camp will last approximately seven days. The only exhibition is likely to be a scrimmage against the Providence Bruins toward the end of camp, so it should be interesting to see what kind of shape players are in once game action starts up.