The last time the Bruins faced the Blackhawks? Oct. 15, 2011.
So when Boston and Chicago lace up their skates on Wednesday to start the Stanley Cup Final, the teams will still be a bit of a mystery to each other, despite all the video study and advance scouting.
“Other than what we’ve seen on TV, we don’t really know much about them, other than that they’re a real good hockey club,” Milan Lucic said. “They’ve probably been the most consistent team since the start of the season. It’s a big reason why they won the President’s Trophy this year.”
The Bruins will, obviously, get to know the Blackhawks well in the next few days, as they get ready for the series. But there's no substitute for playing against a team in terms of knowing exactly what to do. Fortunately, both teams have the same handicap.
"Even the teams that we played, we relied a lot on video," coach Claude Julien said. "The only advantage you have sometimes is that you know from going head-to-head with them what's worked and what hasn't worked. When it comes to that, it's the same for both teams.
"I think we've done a lot of pre-scout and watched them play enough, have an idea of how they've played, just like I'm sure they do with us. You do your research, you talk to people, you do a lot of things. It's about preparing and preparing your team more than anything else.
"There's not too many secrets left in this game."