This October the Bruins will be joined by yet another Original Six team in the new Atlantic Division, and the Detroit Red Wings may quickly become Boston's most challenging rival.
The Wings have been hockey's model franchise for decades. Having not missed the playoffs in 22 years, they should now challenge the Bruins as a perennial division favorite.
The Bruins and Red Wings will meet for the first time as division foes on October 5, but they got a jump start on their hostilities with a summer race to the signature of Daniel Alfredsson. The Bruins put up a serious fight for the long-time Ottawa Senators captain, but he eventually inked in Hockeytown.
Along with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, Alfredsson could cause the Bruins fits this year, as two of the NHL's most respected powers duke it out in a heavyweight scrap for the Atlantic crown.
The battle between Datsyuk and Boston's Patrice Bergeron should be particularly fun to watch, as both former-Selke Trophy winners have long fought over the title of hockey's best two-way forward.
If this year's division race ends up as close as it projects to be, these two juggernauts could become instant arch nemeses.