Joe Haggerty discusses how the Bruins have been battling through injuries and building the type of character that can help down the road and turn them into playoff contenders.
The Boston Bruins are coming off back-to-back playoff seasons, so they won’t be any strangers to the national television audience in the upcoming NHL season.
The Bruins are set to be on NBC or NBCSN 14 times in nationally televised games during the 2018-19 season including the Jan. 1 Winter Classic against the Chicago Blackhawks at Notre Dame, and their Oct. 3 season opener against the reigning Cup champion Washington Capitals in DC. The 14 games are tied with the New York Rangers for the fifth-most in the NHL behind only the Blackhawks, Capitals, Flyers and Penguins.
The B’s season opener vs. the Caps will actually kick off NBC’s NHL coverage for the regular season, which is set to include a whopping 109 televised games.
Other highlights from the NBC Networks broadcast schedule include a home game against the Atlantic Division rival Montreal Canadiens on Monday, January 14, a road game against the defending Western Conference Champion Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday, February 20, and a home tilt on Thursday Feb. 28 against the Tampa Bay Lightning team that eliminated them in the playoffs.
Here’s the rest of the national television 2018-19 schedule for the Black and Gold that certainly has some games to circle on the ole hockey calendar:
Bruins Games Broadcast on NBC and NBC Sports Network (all times Eastern):
Wednesday, October 3: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN
Wednesday, October 17: Boston Bruins at Calgary Flames, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN
Tuesday, January 1: Boston Bruins at Chicago Blackhawks (Winter Classic), 1 p.m., NBC
Monday, January 14: Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN
Wednesday, January 16: Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN
Sunday, February 3: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals, 12:30 p.m., NBC
Wednesday, February 6: Boston Bruins at New York Rangers, 8 p.m., NBCSN
Tuesday, February 12: Chicago Blackhawks at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m., NBCSN
Monday, February 18: Boston Bruins at San Jose Sharks, 10 p.m., NBCSN
Wednesday, February 20: Boston Bruins at Vegas Golden Knights, 10 p.m., NBCSN
Thursday, February 28: Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN
Sunday, March 10: Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN
Wednesday, March 27: New York Rangers at Boston Bruins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN
Sunday, March 31: Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN
NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the fog officially rolled in this morning.
*NBC Sports announced their 109-game schedule for the NHL season, and it all starts with the Bruins season opener on Oct. 3 against the Washington Capitals. The Wednesday Night Rivalry games will be done away with and in its place Wednesday Night Hockey is going to feature a more diverse collection of teams and locations featuring non-traditional markets. It’s a great idea and completely called for given the emergence of teams like the Nashville Predators and Vegas Golden Knights.
*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Tracey Myers on the lasting legacy of the recently passed Chicago Blackhawks great Stan Mikita when it comes to his work in the community.
*Dylan Larkin got a pretty good deal from the Detroit Red Wings that was deserved given his youth and his production to this point. So why on Earth are we writing 1,000 word think pieces on this? Yeah, I don’t know either.
*Speaking of the Red Wings, it sounds like Henrik Zetterberg may be a giant question mark for this upcoming NHL season based on his health. While it’s a big blog to the Red Wings competitiveness for next season, it might be the best thing for a team that’s still nowhere near competing for a Stanley Cup at this point.
*Three big questions facing the Edmonton Oilers as they ready for a massive season that will undoubtedly have jobs on the line based on an expected return to the playoffs.
*For something completely different: Well, this is one way to discourage cruise ships from going by your coastal home.