Although it may be tough to believe, hockey season is actually here. The Bruins are back. The regular season opens up Friday, when the Rangers come to town to take on the B's at the TD Garden.
When the puck drops at seven, the two teams will battle it out for the first time this season. Both teams are relying on the little bit of practice that they've had as a whole so far.
This includes tomorrows starting goalies, Henrik Lundqvist and Tuukka Rask. These are two goaltenders who are usually very solid between the pipes, but could look a bit shaky tomorrow in net, given the circumstances. That being said, these guys are professionals, so they should provide some support for their teams.
Each teams offense should be interesting to see as well. Although these guys have also been off the ice for a while, the lack of practice at the opposite end of the ice should make up for it. This game could end up high scoring because of this.
Of course, some players have been practicing on their own, or played in other leagues during the lockout.
But for tomorrow, you can expect to see a close game that will likely go right down to the final buzzer in regulation, or perhaps beyond it. Either way, you'll finally get to see a hard fought battle between two of the NHL's most talented teams.
Ladies and gentlemen, hockey is back.