The Boston Bruins have really turned things around since starting out the season with a disappointing 0-3-0 record. However, since Columbus Day, when the B’s dropped their third game of the season to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Bruins have been fantastic, and have quickly climbed their way back up to the top of the Eastern Conference.
Long story short – It’s fun watching the Bruins again.
Now, the Bruins head into November with a much-improved 6-3-1 record, behind only Montreal and Tampa Bay (who have each played three more games) in the Atlantic Division. As the B’s turn the page on the calendar, they’ll look to carry their momentum from the end of October with them, having won six of their last seven games (and gaining a point in each of their last seven).
So Bruins fans, ready for November? Clear your schedule – Here’s three games that you’ll HAVE to tune into:
Tuesday, November 3rd vs. Dallas Stars
Besides the Montreal Canadiens, the Dallas Stars have been the strongest team in the NHL thus far. They sit atop the Western Conference with 18 points in 11 games, while outscoring their opponents by a +10 margin. The Bruins will be tested again against another strong team, after having overcome the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.
And, of course, it’s always fun to see ex-Bruin Tyler Seguin, especially at TD Garden. The 23-year-old has 16 points through 11 games, and leads the league in assists. Oh, and they also have this guy named Jamie Benn, who leads the league in goals (9) and points (8). It’ll be a treat to watch he and David Krejci, the two who have gone back and forth as the NHL’s points leader early on, go at it on the same sheet of ice. You won’t want to miss this.
Saturday, November 7th @ Montreal Canadiens
Any Bruins-Habs game is going to me a must-watch game, but this season, the rivalry will be looked upon even more. For one, the Montreal Canadiens have been nothing short of dominant in their first 13 games, having stormed out of the gates to an 11-2-0 record. As one of the strongest rivalries in all of sports, the Bruins and the Habs will once again preview their Winter Classic match-up, which will of course take place at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
To make matters even more interesting, the Bruins should have a chip on their shoulder after losing to Montreal at home in their second game of the season. If one thing’s for sure, it’s that this Bruins team is much different from the one that lost 4-2 to the Canadiens at TD Garden less than a month ago.
Friday, November 27th vs. New York Rangers.
The Bruins and the Rangers, two original six rivals, have each seen their ups and downs in October, but have both gotten off to decent starts. The day after Thanksgiving will be a family match-up as well, as the hometown Hayes boys will duke it out in the city that they’ve dreamed of playing in since they grew up in Dorchester, Mass.
Jimmy and Kevin battling it out for bragging rights the day after Thanksgiving? Should be a great match-up.
Cam is a Broadcast Journalism student at the University of Maryland. He’s the Boston Bruins Beat Writer at The Hockey Writers, and is an avid college hockey fan. Find him on Twitter @CamHasbrouck!