Boston Bruins: Top 5 games to get pumped up about in October

BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 28: Boston Bruins center Karson Kuhlman (83) and Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) celebrate after their sixth goal. The Boston Bruins host the Chicago Blackhawks in their final pre-season NHL hockey game at TD Garden in Boston on Sep. 28, 2019. (Photo by Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 28: Boston Bruins center Karson Kuhlman (83) and Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) celebrate after their sixth goal. The Boston Bruins host the Chicago Blackhawks in their final pre-season NHL hockey game at TD Garden in Boston on Sep. 28, 2019. (Photo by Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe via Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 25: Boston Bruins right defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) looks to clear the puck during a preseason game between the Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils on September 25, 2019, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 25: Boston Bruins right defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) looks to clear the puck during a preseason game between the Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils on September 25, 2019, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

The Boston Bruins start the season with some tough match-ups. Will they be up to the task?

After a tough finish last year, the Boston Bruins start the 2019-2020 season with high expectations .

Boston welcomes some new faces to the club. Par Lindholm joins from the Winnipeg Jets; he looks set for a bottom-six role, but he could fill in for the injured David Krejci or Joakin Nordstrom in the opening games.

Brett Ritchie is another new addition and Boston Bruins head coach, Bruce Cassidy could give Ritchie a spot in the lineup to start the season.

The Bruins, however, begin the new season with pretty much the same roster as last year. Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak again will lead the offense. Krejci and Charlie Coyle provide secondary scoring, while Torey Krug will chip in from the backend.

Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo, both fresh off new contracts, anchor the defense alongside Zdeno Chara, and Tuukka Rask will split time in goal with Jaroslav Halak.

The Bruins jump right into the new season with 12 total games in October. Boston starts with a four-game road trip that features three likely playoff teams – the Dallas Stars, Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche.

After the home opener against the New Jersey Devils, the Boston Bruins will be welcoming the likes of the St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs to the TD Garden.

Boston’s October schedule is far from easy, but we’ll learn a lot about the team so early in the season.