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Mar 10, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) and teammates celebrate after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

Three weeks away from their first game back in action, the Boston Bruins now have start times for their first two games of their three-game round-robin tournament for seeding in the 2020 postseason.

Confirmed by the team on Tuesday night, the Bruins will begin their three-game tourney with a 3 p.m. puck drop against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, Aug. 2. The Bruins went 1-0-2 against Philadelphia during the 2019-20 regular season, with both losses coming via the shootout. The Bruins will be considered the home team in this game, giving them the benefit of last change.

That 3 p.m. puck drop will be in the middle of what will be a five-game day for the NHL, with other notable games that day including a 6:30 p.m round-robin game between the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche, and an 8 p.m. Stanley Cup qualifier game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs.

After that Aug. 2 contest, the Bruins will have two days off before a Wednesday head-to-head with the Tampa Bay Lightning, currently scheduled for a 4 p.m. start. Boston lost three of their four 2019-20 head-to-head meetings with the Lightning, but finished with an eight-point lead in the Atlantic Division. The B’s will be considered the home game in this one, too.

There will be six games in total that Wednesday, including four Stanley Cup qualifier games between the Islanders-Panthers, Penguins-Canadiens, Predators-Coyotes, and Oilers-Blackhawks.

The NHL has not given Saturday’s round-robin game between the Bruins and Capitals a start time just yet. The league currently has six games scheduled for that Saturday, and the Boston-Washington slot is likely dependent on its value in the round-robin standings, as well the potential for a knockout game in the best-of-five playoff qualifiers.

The Bruins will also play in a July 30 exhibition contest against the Blue Jackets, the league confirmed Tuesday.

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