Here is the breakdown by the numbers of what the Bruins will be facing for the 2008-09 NHL season:
October - 11 games. Three home games and eight away games. One week in October, Oct. 20-25, they play four games. The Bruins also see two sets of back-to-back games. Notable games: Bruins open the season in Colorado Oct 9, with three more away games before their home opener, which is Oct. 20 against Pittsburgh. Bruins end October on a three-game Western Canada swing vs. the Oilers, Canucks, and Flames.
November - 13 games. Eight home games and five away games. Three sets of back-to-back games. One week of the month, they play four games in seven days. Notable games: Nov. 12 at Chicago Blackhawks, Nov. 22 at Montreal Canadiens, and Nov. 29 the Red Wings come to the Hub!
December - 13 games. Four home games and nine away games. Two back-to-back games. One week with four games in seven days. Notable games: Dec. 10 at Washington Capitals, Dec. 21 against St. Louis in Blues country, then to the Penguins on Dec. 30.
January - 13 games. Ten home games and three away. No back-to-back games. No more than three games in a week. Notable games: Good schedule, actually—mostly Eastern teams—with the Penguins at home, as well as Minnesota, Canadiens, Devils, Rangers, and Caps.
February - 13 games. Five home games and eight away games. Two back-to-back games. Two four-game weeks in February. Notable games: Feb. 4 vs. Flyers, Feb. 5 vs. Senators, Feb. 26 vs. Anaheim in Boston.
March - 13 games. Eight home games and five away games. Three back-to-back games in the month of March. One four-game week. Notable games: Gretzky and Co. (Co. for Coyotes) come to town March 5, Blackhawks back in Boston March 7, Penguins on March 15. On that note, I see the Penguins a lot in the schedule, which scares me.
April - 6 games. Three home games and three away games. Bruins end the season on the road for the last two games against Buffalo and the New York Islanders. They play the Senators twice, the Rangers once, and Canadiens once.