The Bruins will play their first game as an official playoff team. Whoopie! Now lets put all that talk aside for a minute because the seeding isn't locked up yet. The Bruins still have a chance to climb as high as #1, but can still be taken out by the Canadiens (mathematically true, so shush). With that in mind, the Bruins can't coast for the next 7 games just because they locked up a playoff spot. If they do that, they may as well schedule their trip to Cedar Glen in Saugus for a wonderful 9 holes of golf.
To increase that need to play well, Chicago comes in fighting for their playoff lives. They are currently 8th in the Western Conference with 90 points, three points ahead of my beloved Calgary Flames. If the Bruins were to do me a solid and win, preventing Chicago from gaining two points, that'd be wicked pissah. Chicago's been playing well, however. They're 5-3-2 in their last 10 games, 4-2 in their last 6 games and wins over San Jose, Detroit and Phoenix - all playoff teams.
For the Bruins to pull out the win tonight, they need to exploit Chicago's goaltending issues and continue their success on the power play. Yeah, you read that right - success on the power play. In Philadelphia, Boston scored two power play goals, something they've had trouble doing over the past four freaking years. They'll need their rosy cheeked, doughy, puck moving defenseman more than ever down this stretch.
Another reason why I want Boston to beat Chicago other than my obvious fan bias? Patrick Kane is a huge douche.
After the jump, we take a look at the projected roster and some Game Day Links...
Game Day Links:
- Matt Kalman thinks the spare defenseman need to play to rest the regulars
- Mark Marino thinks Gregory Campbell should win the Bruins 7th Man Award
- Pierre LeBrun talks about Savard's memory loss and spews some BS about Recchi
- Jimmy Murphy talks about hard work on the power play paying off
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Shawn Thornton-Greg Campbell-Dan Paille
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Tomas Kaberle
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Game Day Video: