The Original Six component between these two ancient rivals gives it flavor, but the most fascinating aspect is the lack of familiarity these two teams have with one another.
The truncated 2013 season meant there were no interconference games this season. The Bruins and Blackhawks not only didn't play each other, but they had no common opponents.
The two teams last played each other Oct. 15, 2011, when the Bruins defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout.
While both teams will have scouting reports and plenty of video to study, they don't know each other firsthand.
But once the feeling-out process ends—probably by the end of the first period of the first game—the matchups will take over. Here's a look at the key matchups that will determine the outcome of the series.
Some of the matchups may be direct confrontations on the ice, while others are more figurative, such as the battle between the two goalies or the strategic matchup between the coaching staffs.