Bruins release 2013-14 schedule

Bruins release 2013-14 schedule
July 19, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Mark your calendars, Bruins fans, because hockey season is just around the corner. 

The NHL released its 2013-14 schedule Friday, and announced that the B's will open the season at TD Garden Oct. 3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning as part of a three-game home stand to start the year.

The schedule came out just shortly after the league agreed upon player participation in the 2014 Olympics, which will result in a 17-day break in the season. The Bruins' final game before the break will be Feb. 8 at home against the Senators, then they'll resume play Feb. 26 at Buffalo.

The B's will also welcome some recently departed players back to the Garden throughout the season, including Tyler Seguin (Nov. 5),  Nathan Horton (Nov. 14) and Andrew Ference (Feb. 1).

The 2013-14 season marks their first year in the newly-formed Atlantic Division, which includes Buffalo, Detroit, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Toronto.

Key dates:

Oct. 3 vs. Tampa Bay -- Opening night at TD Garden

Oct. 30 at Pittsburgh -- First game vs. Penguins since Eastern Conference Finals

Nov. 5 vs. Dallas -- Tyler Seguin's return

Nov. 9 vs. Toronto -- First meeting with Toronto since Game 7 comeback in the playoffs

Nov. 14 vs. Columbus -- Nathan Horton's return

Nov. 19 at New York Rangers -- First meeting with Rangers since Eastern Conference Semifinals

Dec. 5 at Montreal -- First game against the Canadiens

Dec. 14 at Vancouver -- First meeting since Stanley Cup Final rematch in 2012, end of four-game road trip

Jan. 19 at Chicago -- First meeting with Blackhawks since Stanley Cup Final

Jan. 30 vs. Montreal -- First home game vs. Canadiens

Feb. 1 vs. Edmonton -- Andrew Ference's return

Feb. 8 vs. Ottawa -- Last game before Olympic break

Feb. 26 at Buffalo -- First game back from Olympic break