The Bruins have one more road trip of the season and it will all take place north of the border. The Bruins will begin their four game road trip out in Western Canada with a tilt with the Vancouver Canucks later tonight. They will then play back to back games in Calgary and Edmonton and will cap off the trip with a big division match up with the Maple Leafs one week from tonight. With 14 games left in the Bruins season they need to pick up as many points as possible and can’t afford to drop games in regulation with Toronto breathing down their necks just 2 points back for 3rd place in the Atlantic Division. The Bruins need to take care of the struggling Canucks tonight. The Bruins defeated the Canucks at The Garden just one month ago in a tight 4-3 victory. At this time of the year with playoff races so tight, the Bruins have to put away the bad teams.
Wednesday and Thursday the Bruins will have 2 difficult match ups in Alberta playing Calgary and Edmonton respectively. Both teams are in playoff spots and both are battling for better position in the Pacific division. This trip will cap off with Toronto next Monday will probably be one the Bruins biggest challenges of the season. They have to win that game in order to separate themselves from the surging Maple Leafs just being only up 2 points on them entering tonight.
When you look at the standings it’s pretty obvious that the Bruins have to get points in all four of these games. They can’t afford to drop any games in regulation as they are at a disadvantage with the amount of games played at this time of the season. Losing too many games in regulation early in the season has killed this team, and they have to essentially win almost all of their games in order to solidify a playoff spot. Obviously going 4-0-0 will be difficult on this road trip but it’s very doable. The Bruins have an impressive 10-3-0 record since Bruce Cassidy took over the reigns last month, and they have to keep on playing near to perfect hockey to keep this stretch of winning going into April. They can’t afford to drop more than one loss in regulation during these 4 games. I can probably see them winning 3 out 4 and dropping one in a overtime or shootout. Points are at premium this time of the year, and we all remember the last 2 seasons the Bruins have choked away their playoff position at this time of the year. Please don’t repeat history for a third straight season.
Since the Bruins are in Vancouver tonight let’s go down memory lane.