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Oct 14, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates with fans after scoring on a penalty shot against the Nashville Predators during the second period at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

What’s expected to be a busy offseason for the Bruins and general manager Don Sweeney, who has cap space to his team’s name for what feels like the first time in ages, has yet to get underway.

But with their critical dates already announced, the Bruins now have a preseason schedule to go along with their 2024 training camp slate, with a seven-game preseason on the docket for the B’s this fall.

  • For the Bruins, the preseason schedule features the usual suspects, with series against the Rangers, Flyers, and Capitals. But this year’s preseason will also include the always-rare visit to Canada, with the Bruins and Kings slated to square off in a preseason game up in Quebec City. (Where’s Patrice Bergeron when you need him?)

    The full schedule goes as follows…

  • Sunday, Sept. 22 vs. Rangers (5 p.m. at TD Garden)

    Oct 5, 2023; New York, New York, USA; Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle (13) celebrates his goal with left wing Brad Marchand (63) against the New York Rangers during the second at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

    Oct 5, 2023; New York, New York, USA; Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle (13) celebrates his goal with left wing Brad Marchand (63) against the New York Rangers during the second at Madison Square Garden. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)

    For the second preseason in a row, the Bruins will kick their warm-up slate off with a 5 p.m., Sunday home-ice showdown with the New York Rangers. The top team in the NHL during the 2023-24 regular season, the Rangers dominated the Bruins in last year’s season series, but could take a slight step back next season with defenseman (and former Bruins prospect) Ryan Lindgren due a substantial raise and with deadline pickups like Jack Roslovic and Alex Wennberg set to hit the open market as unrestricted free agents. Something of note with this game: This could be the first time we see center Matt Poitras back in game action after a shoulder injury ended his rookie season in 2023-24.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 24 vs. Capitals (7 p.m. at TD Garden)

    Feb 10, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Nicolas Aube-Kubel (96) battles for the puck against Boston Bruins center Jakub Lauko (94) and center Morgan Geekie (39) during the second period at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

    Feb 10, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Nicolas Aube-Kubel (96) battles for the puck against Boston Bruins center Jakub Lauko (94) and center Morgan Geekie (39) at TD Garden. (Brian Fluharty/USA TODAY Sports)

    Another staple of the Black and Gold’s preseason schedule, the Bruins and Capitals will continue the September edition of their rivalry with a showdown in Boston. The Capitals, who snuck into the second wild card spot in the East last season, went 2-0-1 against the Bruins last season. Given the fact that this is Boston’s second home game of the preseason, you can expect to see a solid chunk of Boston’s veterans make their preseason debut in this game.

  • Thursday, Sept. 26 at Rangers (7 p.m. at Madison Square Garden)

    Mar 21, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) checks New York Rangers defenseman Zac Jones (6) into the boards during the third period at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

    Mar 21, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) checks New York Rangers defenseman Zac Jones (6) into the boards during the third period at the TD Garden. (Brian Fluharty/USA TODAY Sports)

    The Bruins will take their preseason act on the road with a quick stop in Manhattan. By this game, we will almost certainly have seen every NHL-contending netminder on the Bruins’ roster. That could be an interesting story to follow in camp should the Bruins move on from Linus Ullmark this offseason, too, especially with both Michael DiPietro and Brandon Bussi knocking at the door and out of minor-league options.

  • Saturday, Sept. 28 at Flyers (7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center)

    Mar 16, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Ryan Poehling (25) celebrates his goal with defenseman Marc Staal (18) and left wing Noah Cates (27) during the first period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

    Mar 16, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Ryan Poehling (25) celebrates his goal with defenseman Marc Staal (18) and left wing Noah Cates (27) during the first period at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

    The Bruins took two of three head-to-heads with the Flyers during their three-game series during the 2023-24 season, and scored 14 goals over that three-game series. My favorite thing about the Flyers in the preseason is that John Tortorella seemingly hates the preseason and opts not to coach those games, often watching from the press box instead and letting his assistants handle the exhibition contests. I love this man. So much.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 1 vs. Flyers (7 p.m. at TD Garden)

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 27: Pavel Zacha #18 and David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins react following a goal by Pastrnak during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on January 27, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – JANUARY 27: Pavel Zacha #18 and David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins react following a goal by Pastrnak during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

    The Bruins will wrap up their preseason series with the Flyers with the second half of the home-and-home a few days later. Given the travel ahead of the Bruins following this game, it’s worth wondering if Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery treats this game as the proverbial dress rehearsal for his team.

  • Thursday, Oct. 3 at Kings (7 p.m. at Videotron Centre)

    Oct 21, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Kings goaltender Cam Talbot (39) stops a shot against Boston Bruins left wing James van Riemsdyk (21) during the first period at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Alex Gallardo-USA TODAY Sports

    Oct 21, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Kings goaltender Cam Talbot (39) stops a shot against Boston Bruins left wing James van Riemsdyk (21) during the first period at Crypto.com Arena. (Alex Gallardo/USA TODAY Sports)

    As previously noted, the lone interesting wrinkle of the B’s seven-game preseason schedule will come with this game, which will take place up in Quebec City. The Bruins went 1-0-1 against the Kings in 2023-24.

  • Saturday, Oct. 5 at Capitals (5 p.m. at Capital One Arena)

    Mar 30, 2024; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Boston Bruins goalie Jeremy Swayman (1) and center Jakub Lauko (94) celebrate after defeating the Washington Capitals in a shootout at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Hannah Foslien-USA TODAY Sports

    Mar 30, 2024; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Boston Bruins goalie Jeremy Swayman (1) and center Jakub Lauko (94) celebrate after defeating the Washington Capitals in a shootout at Capital One Arena. (Hannah Foslien/USA TODAY Sports)

    By this game, absolutely everybody involved in training camp will be sick of training camp and the preseason and ready to get things underway. But it’ll also be the final chance for some bubble players to make their roster push and avoid a trip to the always-uncertain waiver wire or a release from their tryout agreement with the club.

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