It seems like every year the Bruins collapse down the final stretch, at least that’s how things have gone the last few seasons. The Bruins haven’t made the playoffs since 2014 due to collapses down the stretch. With the departure of head coach Claude Julien, it seemed like the Bruins were set to turn things around and push their way into the playoffs.
Then the last 3 games happened.
The Bruins lost their last 3 games to Edmonton, Toronto and Ottawa while giving up 14 goals in that span. Two of those teams (TOR & OTT) are either just behind the Bruins in the playoff race or just ahead, these were must win games.
This week is the biggest week for the Bruins and they are already 0 for 2. The B’s have two HUGE games upcoming against the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Islanders. Both teams that are right behind them in the standings and have played less games, so it’s do or die time now for them.
If the Bruins are going to get into the post season, they are going to have to elevate their game and beat some pretty good teams along the way. The B’s final 9 games include 4 teams that are currently in the playoffs and 2 teams that are fighting for a spot. Here’s a look at the final stretch:
I’m cautiously optimistic for this team, they have played great hockey under Bruce Cassidy, going 12-6 in his short tenure, but I also know they have to play damn near perfect hockey down this final stretch to get in to the post season. When you play a heavy dose of teams that are fighting for position, it’s either going to doom you, or prepare you for playoff hockey. For the sake of the 2017 Bruins, I hope it’s the latter.