Boston Bruins: The 5 Biggest Matchups on Their January-February Schedule

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Boston Bruins: The 5 Biggest Matchups on Their January-February Schedule
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The Boston Bruins unveiled their 2012-13 season schedule late Saturday night.

The 48-game platter will be comprised of three matchups with each non-divisional Eastern Conference adversary, four meetings apiece with the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs and five bouts each with the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators.

Some of the potential non-divisional heavyweight bouts with the likes of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington will be left unopened until around or after the halfway mark of the season in March. But there is no shortage of intrigue to be found in the first six weeks of action as Boston cracks open its season series with the rest of the conference.

The Bruins, who placed second in last year’s Eastern Conference standings, will have twice played the team that finished ahead of them on that leaderboard when this campaign is three games old. They will have one visit from the conference’s reigning playoff champion before the month of January is over.

All but one of the new-look Southeast Division teams are on tap for at least one encounter between now and the end of February.

Of the 11 total teams Boston will face in its first 18 games, here are the five worth following the most.

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