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Bruins ready for season to start

Updated: January 18, 2013, 2:06 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Game on, boys!

After a bitter and long lockout that cut short the 2012-2013 season, the NHL is back on the ice when 26 of the NHL's 30 teams begin a shortened 48-game season Saturday. As many around the league have said, it will be a sprint to the playoffs. That sense of urgency will be tangible on a daily basis for the next 96 days.

The Boston Bruins open the season when they host the rival New York Rangers at 7 p.m. at TD Garden. They are favored as two of ...

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