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Mar 27, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) keep an eye out for a shot during the third period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins are playing a hockey season right now, believe it or not. Yes, they may be off Monday through Friday this week, and their schedule structure may be generally unacceptable. But the hockey season is, in fact, happening.

Here’s the latest schedule tweak. It’s a PSA for Bruins fans planning to attend or watch their Friday-after-Thanksgiving contest against the New York Rangers. The game, originally scheduled for 3 p.m. ET, has been moved to 1 p.m. ET. It’ll be a national broadcast on ABC.

No official reason was given when the NHL announced the schedule change. But the league presumably just wants to maximize its TV ratings, considering the time slot and the big-market clash between Boston and New York.

The Rangers, by the way, will be playing their 20th game of the season when they face the Bruins on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 26. The Bruins will be playing their 17th. As of Wednesday, the Bruins have played a conference-low 13 games, and so have the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders. The Colorado Avalanche have played a league-low 12 games.

Difference is the Avs, Jackets, and Isles haven’t had mind-numbing gaps in their schedule to the level that the Bruins have. It has simply made no sense. Might as well keep screwing around with the Bruins’ schedule and move some start times around, too.

You can still catch the radio call of the Bruins-Rangers game on 98.5 The Sports Hub next Friday afternoon, starting with pregame at 12:30 p.m. ET. Here’s the full on-air schedule for the station.

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Matt Dolloff is a writer and podcaster for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Yell at him on Twitter @mattdolloff and follow him on Instagram @mattydsays. You can also email him at mdolloff@985thesportshub.com.