There won't be many team that will be more motivated next season than the Bruins. After their legendary implosion to the Flyers, the B's should come out as big and as bad as ever. It was the ultimate slap in the face and there is no way Claude Julien lets the proud boys in black crumble into mediocrity.
Familiar Foes: Even with his contract under fire, our old buddy Savvy should be lining up at center with the B's as will David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron. Marco Sturm will be hurt to start the season but there is no way Milan Lucic will suck as bad as he did last year and Mark Recchi has played Ponce De Leon and found the Fountain of Youth. The guy is the cockroach of the NHL - can you believe he won a Cup with Pittsburgh 20 years ago?!? Unreal. Tuukka Rask and Timmy Thomas will be inside the crease while Zdeno Chara will make sure no one bothers them.
N00bz: As if adding the number two pick at the draft - Tyler Seguin - wasn't enough, the B's went out and added Nathan freakin' Horton. Horton has 14 points in 19 games against the Rangers since the lockout. He cost them Dennis Wideman but a healthy Dennis Seidenberg could be huge. I mention Seidenberg here as he only played one game against the Blueshirts last season after being traded to the Bruins. (He played 28 minutes and had six shots in that one, and if he doesn't get hurt in the playoffs, Boston doesn't epically choke.)
Last Year: Sunday, Nov. 1st, 1-0 Ranger win; Monday, Jan. 4th, 3-2 Ranger win; Saturday, Jan. 9th, 3-1 Ranger win; Sunday, March 21st, 2-1 Ranger loss.
This Year: Saturday, Oct. 23rd in Boston; Wednesday, Nov. 17th at MSG; Saturday, March 26th in Boston; Monday, April 4th at MSG.
What They Mean To Blue: The Original Six rivals can bring out the best in the Blueshirts - like MDZ's goal or they can bring out the worse - the entire 2-1 loss on March 21st. The Rangers will hope for the former this season as they face the Bruins twice in the all-important late season lunge at eighth place. They are one of five teams that the Blueshirts play twice after March 1st (Sabres, Sens, Isles and Flyers).