The Boston Bruins might not have lost a game in regulation just yet, but they have yet to face a major test on their schedule. In this upcoming week, the Bruins are going to have one of their biggest tests of the 2023-24 season.
The Boston Bruins are about to embark on their toughest challenge yet.
Of the Bruins first eight games this season, only one of the eight matchups have come against a team that made the postseason last season. In fact, they have played some of the worst teams in the entire league in Chicago, Anaheim and San Jose.
During this upcoming stretch of games that is going to change. Tonight the Bruins face off against the Florida Panthers, a team that needs no introduction after last postseason.
Then they have the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, a team with legitimate Stanley Cup aspirations. After that their next three matchups are against the Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars and New York Islanders, all good teams looking to pick up points and knock down the Bruins.
It has been a great start to the 2023-24 season for the Boston Bruins, there is no denying that. But, when you look at their schedule they really have not faced a big test just yet. That test is coming.
In November, the Bruins play 12 games, of those 12 opponents, nine of them are teams that have been in the playoff discussion this season. If the Bruins can get through this month as well as they have played in October, they truly are one of the best teams in the league, but we have to wait and see how it plays out.
Boston has been led by the great play of star winger David Pastrnak, Pastrnak has a team leading eight goals in eight games. The next best player offensively has been Brad Marchand who has thrived as captain of the Bruins. Marchand has scored four goals and dished out nine hits so far on the year. This matchup tonight against the Panthers will be a big one for the Bruins.