The region is buzzing this week in anticipation of hockey's biggest night.
On the eve of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, B's fans were daydreaming Tuesday of a possible third celebratory parade through the city this sports season.
"They'll do it for sure," said Bill Cody, owner of Cody's Auto Sales & Services in downtown North Andover. "They'll do it for Bobby Orr."
He's referencing Orr's historic game-winning goal from the last time the Bruins faced the St. Louis Blues in the finals, in 1970. The iconic photograph of him celebrating in midair is plastered on the wall at Cody's place, and is a staple at many area businesses, bars and homes.
"I went to the parade in '11 (the last time the Bruins raised the Stanley Cup), and I'll be there again this time," he said.
For the area's youngest hockey fans — who have grown up without the championship droughts their parents or grandparents endured — the excitement is just as big.
The parents of 8-year-old Fletcher Masys of Haverhill haven't let him stay up to watch many of the Bruins playoff games because they end too late for school nights.
But for the seventh game of the finals Wednesday night, that rule is being tossed out, said his mom, Sarah Masys.
It doesn't hurt that Thursday is the last day of school, a half-day for Fletcher, who plays on a Haverhill Youth Hockey mites team.
"It's something to do as a family, to get really excited about,'' his mom said.
Fletcher's prediction for the big game?
"I think the Bruins are going to do it because Tuukka Rask is a really good goalie,'' he said.
Fellow youth hockey player Bobby Caron, 9, of Haverhill plays on a squirts team in his city. He thinks the Bruins will win Game 7 — but he's not overconfident.
"I think it's going to go into overtime,'' Bobby said. "Both teams are really good, but I think the Bruins will win because they don't like being pushed around by the Blues.''
He paused and then yelled, "I think the Blues are going to be singing the blues when they lose.''
He's not alone in that prediction.
Bill Gordon, the owner of Gordon Physical Therapy on Main Street, donned a goldenrod hat with a Bruin's logo Wednesday. Last week, he said, he also sported a "playoff beard," a tradition rooted in superstition that shaving in the middle of a playoff series was bad luck.
"But after that game, you know the one, (Game 5 of the series in Boston, when the Bruins could have secured a strong lead) I had to shave. I had to start over," he laughed. "And it's working."
When the puck drops Wednesday night, Gordon will be in front of his television at home — another superstition.
"You've got to be at home for big games," he said. "And this is the biggest game."