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NHL Releases 2011-12 Schedule, Bruins To Open With Flyers On October 6th

The NHL has finally released its 2011-12 schedule. The day we've waited months for is now here. 

Sorry, that last line was for our dedicated readers from Montreal. So glad to have you guys on board.

The Bruins will look to become the first team in the past four years that didn't start their season abroad to hoist Lord Stanley's Cup, and will have their hands full in doing so. 

The B's will unveil their brand-spanking-new Stanley Cup Champions and (not as important, but also noteworthy) first-ever Eastern Conference Champion (the last time they won the conference, it was the Prince of Wales) banners at home on October 6th before they take on the Philadelphia Flyers. 

They will play Montreal six times on the season, including home dates on October 27th, December 19th and January 12th. Boston's favorite son Phil Kessel and his band of lovable, ragtag, dunderheaded Maple Leafs visit on October 20th, December 3rd and March 19th. 

Bruins fans will also get a chance to spew venom at Aaron Rome, when he and the Vancouver Canucks return to Boston on January 7th - that is, assuming the tires on their bus don't go flat first. 

Head injury gods willing, Sidney Crosby will return to Boston with the Penguins on February 12th and April 3rd, while the New York Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist look to continue to bring their boring, aesthetically vulgar style of hockey to TD Garden on January 21st and February 14th. 

For the rest of the schedule highlights (and lowlights), check out the full schedule at

Now that it's out, what game are you most looking forward to in the upcoming season?