The NHL late Saturday night finally released its revised 2012-13 schedule, marking the official end of the lockout, and the Bruins will open the season Saturday at TD Garden, facing old Original Six rival New York at 7 p.m. on Causeway Street.
The schedule, its release delayed until approximately 10:30 p.m. while the league and its Players’ Association lawyered the final collective bargaining agreement documents on Saturday, also has the Bruins in the Garden on Jan. 21, facing the Winnipeg Jets in a Martin Luther King Day matinee (1 p.m.).
Boston’s first road game will be two nights later, on Jan. 23, when it has a rematch vs. the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
In all, the Bruins will play the 48-game schedule over a span of 96 days, an every-other-day pace reminiscent of playoff scheduling. The compressed schedule will be a grueling task for all of the league’s 30 teams, but especially so for the two clubs that reach the Stanley Cup playoff toward the end of June.
Boston’s first game against their No. 1 rival, the Canadiens, will be Feb. 6 at Montreal. The Habs will make their first visit to Causeway Street on March 3.
The Bruins will play on back-to-back nights seven times, the first of those pairings coming Jan. 28-29, starting with a visit to Carolina and then a return to Boston to face the Devils. Come season’s end, they will have played just about 30 percent of their overall schedule in those back-to-back puck couplets.
As expected, the Bruins will play all their games against Eastern Conference teams. The league, in part due to a cost-cutting measure coming out of the lockout, has scheduled only intraconference matches for all 30 teams.
The Bruins will make their longest road trip of the season in February while the Garden plays host to a family ice show. After playing the Rangers on Causeway ice Feb. 12, the Bruins will depart for games in Buffalo, Winnipeg, Tampa, Sunrise, Fla. (Panthers), and Uniondale, N.Y. (Islanders) before returning to the Hub to face the Senators on Feb. 28.
Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Garden box office and at www.bostonbruins.com.