Given the Bruins' status as an Original Six club (and potential Cup contender in 2021), it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Boston will find itself on national broadcasts numerous times during the upcoming 56-game NHL campaign.
The NHL announced NBC/NBCSN's full broadcast schedule for the 2021 season, with the Bruins set to take part in seven games on the network's national slate.
The full broadcast schedule, including game times, will be announced at a later date.
Here is the full schedule...
Wednesday, February 3 @ Philadelphia Flyers, NBCSN
Wednesday, February 10 @ New York Rangers, NBCSN
Sunday, February 21 vs. Philadelphia Flyers, NBC
Sunday, February 28 @ New York Rangers, NBC
Wednesday, March 3 vs. Washington Capitals, NBCSN
Sunday, April 18 vs. Washington Capitals, NBC
Sunday, April 25 @ Pittsburgh Penguins, NBC
In total, the Bruins will appear in four games on “NHL on NBC” and will play three times during NBCSN’s “Wednesday Night Hockey.” The Bruins are tied with the Capitals for the most appearances this season on NBC. All other Bruins regular-season games will air regionally on NESN, while each regular-season contest for Boston will still be broadcasted on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
For a full breakdown of Boston's 56-game schedule, click here.
Bergeron takes part in informal skate at Warrior
The Bruins are still not expected to open their full training camp until Sunday, but a majority of Boston's roster has already laced up their skates over at Warrior Ice Arena over the past few weeks, with Patrice Bergeron making an appearance at the club's practice facility in Brighton on Tuesday morning.
Bergeron was joined on the ice by Brandon Carlo, Trent Frederic, Matt Grzelcyk, Karson Kuhlman, Sean Kuraly, Charlie McAvoy, Tuukka Rask, Zach Senyshyn, and Jack Studnicka. Greg McKegg, who inked a one-year deal with the B's back in October, also made his first appearance on the ice with his new teammates.
Based on the footage released by the Bruins over the previous two weeks, it appears as though most of the club is already accounted for in Boston and clear to participate fully in on-ice activities — a good sign, considering that the B's and the 30 other NHL clubs across North America will only have about 10 days of camp before opening regular-season play next month.
Here is the full list of players we’ve seen out on the ice during these informal skates...
Patrice Bergeron, Anders Bjork, Charlie Coyle, Jake DeBrusk, Trent Frederic, Ondrej Kase, David Krejci, Karson Kuhlman, Sean Kuraly, Par Lindholm, Greg McKegg, Zach Senyshyn, Craig Smith, Jack Studnicka, Chris Wagner
Brandon Carlo, Connor Clifton, Matt Grzelcyk, Jeremy Lauzon, Charlie McAvoy, Urho Vaakanainen, Jakub Zboril
Tuukka Rask, Daniel Vladar
A few noteworthy absences so far (from what we've seen on film) include Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, Nick Ritchie, Kevan Miller, John Moore and Jaroslav Halak.
Of course, both Marchand and Pastrnak are not expected to be cleared for game action until mid-January and mid-February, respectively, due to offseason surgeries, so their absences are to be expected. Even if he hasn't been spotted at these informal practices, Marchand has managed to skate at Warrior a couple times in the last month, according to Cam Neely.
Miller also might be eased back into practices, given the amount of damage his knee has sustained over the last few years — although he did stress back in October that he expects to be ready to go in time for the start of the new season.