The Montreal Canadiens celebrate after beating the Boston Bruins in the playoffs last season.
Mark this one on your calendar, if you haven't already: The Boston Bruins make their first trip to the Bell Centre on Oct. 16.
In fact, while you're at it, you should also mark down Nov. 13, Nov. 22 and Feb. 8. Those are the dates of all the Habs-Bruins games in 2014-15.
Boston is Montreal's biggest rival. Montreal is Boston's biggest rival. It's that simple.
But let's add a few things to an already-bitter feud that makes all regular-season games feel like it's the playoffs.
First, Montreal upset the top-ranked Bruins in seven games last year in the playoffs.
Second, Milan Lucic allegedly threatened to kill Dale Weise during the post-series handshake, via Sean Fitz-Gerald at The National Post.
And third, Brad Marchand stated publicly this offseason that he "hates" Tomas Plekanec more than any other player in the NHL, as Rory Boylen of The Hockey News reported.
This is going to be fun.
The NHL scheduler has the Canadiens playing the Bruins three times before the calendar even reaches December. Those are some big points up for grabs early in the season. It all starts Oct. 16.
Let's talk Habs hockey: