It’s good to be a Boston sports fan these days, something that the Bruins recently helped push along last season by going all the way and taking home the hardware. Though the Bruins have a long ways to go if they even want to consider repeating as champions, a goalie like Tim Thomas and another well-rounded roster will certainly make them a team with a target on their backs. Here’s a look at the marquee matchups on the Boston Bruins schedule this year as the defending champs hope to make another run at the postseason.
Back-to-back games against prominent Eastern Conference foes could have the Bruins worn out, but they proved last year that that’s often when they’re at their best.
This one is a marquee matchup featuring two of the best goalies in the league, with Ryan Miller between the pipes for Buffalo and Thomas for the Bruins. The Sabres were one of the better teams in the East during the 2010-2011 regular season and this one will have plenty of black and gold sprinkled into the crowd in Buffalo, making for a raucous atmosphere mixed with different fan bases buying NHL tickets.
If you missed your chance to travel to Buffalo in late November, hitting the road to see Sid the Kid and the always formidable Penguins is a great way to make up for it.
After a memorable seven-game Stanley Cup Finals between these two teams, the Canucks come to town looking to get it going against the team that ripped the Cup away from them. This one is going to have a playoff-level intensity.
You don’t have to like him, but it’s still fun to watch Sidney Crosby, one of the premier players in the NHL. Both teams should be battling in the Eastern Conference standings at this point, combining for a great home matchup for the Bruins and their fans.
The Bruins are on the road for a big Eastern Conference matchup featuring two of the most well-known franchises in sports. With the Bruins moving closer to the end of their 2011-2012 regular season schedule, games against Eastern opponents will be crucial.
It’s always a debate as to who is better between Sidney Crosby and the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin, which is why a big late season matchup featuring Alex the Great will be enormous.
Wrapping up the regular season, there will be plenty of playoff implications in this one.