By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Boston Bruins will begin their 2018-19 season watching a Stanley Cup banner raised to the rafters, as they have been tabbed as the Opening Night opponent of the Washington Capitals.
Going with the Bruins seems like a rather odd choice for the league and the Capitals, as these gloat-loaded head-to-heads are typically reserved for the chief rival of the new champion. The Capitals were on the wrong end of this when the Penguins raised their 2016 Stanley Cup banner in 2017, and given the fact that Washington’s first Stanley Cup in franchise required the Caps to go through the Pens in the second round, a primetime date with Sidney Crosby seemed likely.
But instead, the league will go with the Bruins, who have not met the Capitals in postseason play since the team’s seven-game first-round series in 2012. The Bruins have lost 12 straight games to the Capitals, with their last win coming Mar. 29, 2014.
After their opener in D.C., the B’s will move to Buffalo for the Sabres’ home opener and the second leg of a back-to-back.
Start the countdown.— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) June 20, 2018
106 days until our home opener. ???? pic.twitter.com/4WTkirCx4r
The Bruins will then return home for one of the stranger home opener start times in recent memory, as they’ll kick off their home slate with a Columbus Day matinee against the Ottawa Senators.
We'll be home soon.— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 20, 2018
Single Game Tickets for all games go on sale Friday, June 22, at 2PM ET. pic.twitter.com/thWcrJm4oR
In addition to the Capitals and Sabres, the Bruins will also be the home opener opponent for the Edmonton Oilers, though that will not come until Oct. 18.
The entire schedule for the 2018-19 season will be released Thursday.
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