Well here we are game 75 of the 2016-17 Boston Bruins campaign and once again the Bruins are in position to repeat history for the third straight season..missing the playoffs. It’s seriously remarkable how they have been able to pull this stunt for a potential third year in a row now. You would think this team would sack up and win the games that matter in the final stretch of the regular season but here we are again being a few points up on the playoff line in March and now they are on the outside looking in going in to April.
To set the scene the Bruins are currently outside of the second wild card spot. The Islanders came out of Pittsburgh last night with a big win in the shootout. Both clubs are tied with 82 points but the Islanders have a 1 game advantage over the Bruins in games played. With 8 games remaining left in the season if they want any shot of seeing any hockey beyond April 8th they have to and I mean HAVE to win tonight in Brooklyn. Let’s not forget the Bruins embarrassing performance against the Lightning Thursday night put them right back into playoff contention, they are sitting currently at 81 points. It’s become a 3 team race for the final playoff spot and the Bruins aren’t doing themselves any favors.
The Bruins are on a season high 4 game losing streak and what better time to go on a losing streak. They have to show up tonight and I think Tuukka gets the nod to start once again. Yes Tuukka has been great all season but his recent track record in playing in big games says otherwise. He can’t afford to give up any softies tonight and here on out. The play in front of him needs to be better but we’ve been saying this since October. This roster has been good the past three season to get into the playoffs but for some reason they love to stumble at the finish line. Is Marchand going to show up? The potential Hart Trophy candidate has disappeared during this losing streak and this team has thrived off his success this season. After getting off to a hot start with the change in coach the Bruins now sit at 12-7 under Bruce Cassidy. If it means anything at this point the Bruins are 4-0 in their last 4 meetings in Brooklyn. The Bruins should be refreshed and good to go after a day of rest. The Islanders on the other hand played last night on the road and are coming home for the second leg of a back to back. If that’s not more of an advantage for the Bruins to take then I don’t know what is.