The Bruins schedule is out. Here are a baker’s dozen quick thoughts before scrambling to book hotels:
■ It’s not a trip to China, but the Bruins will open on the road. They’ll play their first game as defending Eastern Conference champions (doesn’t quite have the same ring) on Oct. 3 in Dallas. Next come three more road games: Oct. 5 at Arizona, Oct. 8 at Vegas, and Oct. 10 at Colorado.
Though no Great Wall, the Rockies are still cool. This also has “rookie party” potential, since there’s a two-day break between Arizona and Vegas.
■ A home opener against the Devils wouldn’t have sounded appealing a year ago, but with No. 1 overall pick Jack Hughes and big-ticket blue liner P.K. Subban joining 2018 MVP Taylor Hall in Newark, the Oct. 12 puck drop on Causeway Street could be spicy.
■ Boston gets its first looks at Tampa Bay and Toronto in the first 10 games of the year. The Lightning come to TD Garden Oct. 17, and the Bruins face the Leafs in a road-home back-to-back Oct. 19 and 22.
■ That’s a big week for the Bruins, who get a Stanley Cup Final rematch with the Blues Oct. 26, some 19 weeks after St. Louis scattered its equipment all over the Garden ice.
■ The Bruins finish the regular season with playoff rematches. They’ll visit St. Louis April 2, in between two games against Eastern Conference finals foe Carolina: March 31 on the road, and April 4 at home (the annual “shirts off our backs” finale).
■ Black Friday Matinee is back: 1 p.m., Nov. 29, against the Rangers.
■ Snowbird alert: The first Florida swing is Dec. 12-14 (at Tampa Bay, at Florida) and the second is March 3-5 (same rotation). Fire up the golf carts. Get out your swimsuits.
■ The Bruins get their bye week after the All-Star break. At least one representative will be in St. Louis from Jan. 23-25, while the rest of the team enjoys a mini-vacation through Jan. 30. Between Vegas (home, Jan. 21) and Winnipeg (road, Jan. 31), the Bruins will have nine days without a game.
■ Last year’s Western Canada swing was highly pleasant (Vancouver in October!), but this one may not be. Boston visits Edmonton on Feb. 19, Calgary on Feb. 21, and Vancouver on Feb. 22. All the Canada Goose in the world can’t keep you warm for those games.
■ February is a grind. The month arrives on a road back-to-back (Jan. 31 at Winnipeg, Feb. 1 at Minnesota) and includes two home-road back-to-backs, the aforementioned Western Canada freeze-out, and trips to the balmy locales of Minnesota, Chicago, and Detroit. They have a three-in-four (Western Canada) and another set of four-in-six.
■ The schedule includes 13 back-to-backs: one in October, three in November, one each in December and January, five in February (one of which begins Jan. 31), and two in March.
■ March brings a bit of California sunshine. The Bruins hit Anaheim on the 18th, Los Angeles on the 19th, and San Jose on the 21st.
■ Single-game tickets go on sale Wednesday at the TD Garden box office and Ticketmaster.com/Bruins.
2019-20 BRUINS SCHEDULE
Thursday, Oct. 3 at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 5 at Arizona, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Vegas, 10 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 10 at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12 vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 14 vs. Anaheim, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 17 vs. Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19 at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 22 vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 26 vs. St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 27 at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 29 vs. San Jose, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2 vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 4 vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 5 at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 8 at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 10 vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 12 vs. Florida, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 15 at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16 vs. Washington, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 19 at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21 vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 23 vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 26 at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 27 at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 29 vs. N.Y. Rangers 1 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 1 vs. Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 3 vs. Carolina, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 5 vs. Chicago, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7 vs. Colorado, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 9 at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Washington, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 12 at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14 at Florida, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 17 vs. Los Angeles, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 19 vs. N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 21 vs. Nashville, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 23 vs. Washington, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 27 at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 29 vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 31 at New Jersey, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 2 vs. Columbus, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 4 vs. Edmonton, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 7 at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 9 vs. Winnipeg, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 11 at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 13 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 16 vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 19 at Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 21 vs. Vegas, 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 31 at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 1 at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 4 vs. Vancouver, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 5 at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 8 vs. Arizona, 3 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 9 at Detroit, 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 12 vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15 vs. Detroit, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16 at N.Y. Rangers, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Edmonton, 8:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21 at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22 at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 25 vs. Calgary, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 27 vs. Dallas, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 29 at N.Y. Islanders, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 3 at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 5 at Florida, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 7 vs. Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 10 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 13 at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 14 vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 16 vs. Columbus, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 18 at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Thursday, March 19 at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 21 at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 24 vs. Detroit, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 26 vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 28 vs. Florida, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 31 at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 2 at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 4 vs. Carolina, 7 p.m.
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