Boston Bruins

The National Hockey League officially announced their 2018-19 U.S. television broadcast schedule today, and the Boston Bruins will have 14 nationally broadcast games this season on either NBC or NBC Sports Network.

Among those on national TV will be their season opener against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Wed., Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, and the 2018 Winter Classic on NBC.

The Bruins are tied with the New York Rangers for the fifth-most nationally televised games, behind the Chicago Blackhawks (18), Washington Capitals (18), Philadelphia Flyers (17) and Pittsburgh Penguins (15).

Bruins Games Broadcast on NBC and NBC Sports Network (all times Eastern):

Wednesday, October 3: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

This game will indeed kick off the 2018-19 as a whole, and will feature the Capitals raising a Stanley Cup champion banner to the D.C. rafters for the first time in franchise history. Showdowns between the Bruins and Capitals have always been of interest to NBC, but it’s worth noting that the B’s have dropped 12 straight games to the Caps dating back to Mar. 2014.

Wednesday, October 17: Boston Bruins at Calgary Flames, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN

This game loses a bit of its ‘rivalry’ flare with noted loner and former Boston defender Dougie Hamilton taking his talents to Carolina. The Bruins have not suffered a regulation loss in Calgary since Oct. 2008. Overall, the Bruins have won three straight games against the Flames, outscoring them 12-to-5 over that stretch.

Tuesday, January 1: Boston Bruins at Chicago Blackhawks (Winter Classic), 1 p.m., NBC

This will be the third Winter Classic that the Black and Gold have participated in, but their first away from Massachusetts after skating in the 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park and 2016 Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium. The game will be played at Notre Dame Stadium. The Bruins and Blackhawks have met 10 times since their 2013 Stanley Cup Final showdown, with the B’s going 5-4-1 against their Original Six brethren since then.

Monday, January 14: Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

This game will actually put a bow on the 2018-19 season series between the Bruins and Canadiens. Bruce Cassidy’s squad swept their four-game series against Claude Julien and the Canadiens a season ago. The B’s are perfect against the Canadiens since Cassidy took over, actually, with five wins and a scoring gap that favors Boston by an 18-to-6 margin.

Wednesday, January 16: Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Always one of NBC’s go-to matchups, the Bruins and Flyers will skate in a classic Wednesday Night Rivalry affair. Philadelphia’s late-season overtime victory over the B’s in 2017-18 put an end to what was a four-game winning streak for the Bruins in the franchise head-to-head. The Bruins have won all but four of their last 15 games against the Flyers.

Sunday, February 3: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals, 12:30 p.m., NBC

This could be a Boston sports double-dip, as this game is actually on the same day as Super Bowl LIII.

Wednesday, February 6: Boston Bruins at New York Rangers, 8 p.m., NBCSN

Another Wednesday Night Rivalry game for the Bruins, who have seemingly always struggled against the Rangers in New York. The Bruins had lost their last five games at Madison Square Garden before last year’s 6-1 beatdown.

Tuesday, February 12: Chicago Blackhawks at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m., NBCSN

To the shock of absolutely no one, the network wants both Bruins-Blackhawks games to be nationally televised.

Monday, February 18: Boston Bruins at San Jose Sharks, 10 p.m., NBCSN

A sneaky popular pick for NBC in recent years, another Bruins-Sharks late-nighter is always of interest, especially when you notice that seven of the last 11 head-to-heads between these two teams have been decided by just one goal. The Bruins have won four straight against old friend Joe Thornton and Co., too.

Wednesday, February 20: Boston Bruins at Vegas Golden Knights, 10 p.m., NBCSN

If you’re a Bruins fan looking for a road trip… make this your No. 1 priority. (Well, maybe No. 2 if you prefer Nashville’s scene.) The experience at VGK’s home arena is something else, and should become a must for any hockey fan. The Bruins and Golden Knights also had two¬†great¬†meetings last year.

Thursday, February 28: Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

A rematch of last year’s second-round Atlantic Division series, this one should feature plenty of bad blood, and plenty of scoring between these two teams. An added bonus? This should be around deadline time in the NHL. Considering the arms race within the Atlantic, this game could be a team’s last look at what they got or first look at their newest additions.

Sunday, March 10: Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

The Penguins are one of the four teams that have more games on national television next season than the Bruins. The B’s beat the holy hell out of the Penguins in their last meeting, too, by an 8-4 final at TD Garden.

Wednesday, March 27: New York Rangers at Boston Bruins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

The Bruins have lost seven of their last eight meetings against the Blueshirts.

Sunday, March 31: Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

The Bruins have captured wins in 14 of their last 16 meetings against the Red Wings. It’s hard to imagine that advantage shifting Detroit’s way, either, to be honest, given what their current roster looks like — and will look like post-deadline.