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Boston Bruins Playoff Hopes Are Slipping Away with Loss To Ottawa Senators

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Bruins must not like playoff hockey

The Boston Bruins faced the second place Ottawa senators for the third time this season giving Ottawa the season series. Boston needed to win this game to help their playoff chances.

Recap

Once again the Bruins out shot their opponent. Boston had 36 shots to Ottawas 22 but yet Ottawa won the game. Boston also won in the face-offs too, winning 54% while Ottawa only won 46% of the time. What hurt the Bruins was they failed to capitalize on the power play. They went 2/5 on the PP. It would have been nice to seem them go 4/5. The thing that killed them though was there 15 giveaways and inability to get the puck to the dangerous areas of the net. Ottawa was able to hold the B’s to the outside for most of the game despite good zone time at points in the game.

Tom Pyatt scored first for the Senators. Then David Krejci answered quickly with a powerplay goal. All of the scoring in the first took place in the first 10 minutes. The rest of the period was fairly boring. Then Kyle Turris took the lead back for the Sen’s with the only goal of the second. In the first few seconds of the third Torey Krug decided to take things into his own hands and tie the game at 2 with a gorgeous goal. Unfortunately the tie did not last long as Turris scored his second of the game a few minutes later which turned out to be the game winner.

Bruins Playoff Picture

Boston is still in third place in the Atlantic but barely. Toronto is only one point back and the Islanders are looking to take that Wild Card Spot. If the Leafs win tonight then they will take over third place and the Bruins will be the second wild card team.  The leafs face the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight who have already secured a playoff spot, so the might be on auto pilot. Also the Islanders are playing the Rangers tonight and the Isle win they move to within 2 points of Boston. The Bruins do not want to be in a situation where their playoff hopes come down to the last game of the season. One because it is not fun and two it is against the Washington Capitals.

If the Bruins are going to make the Playoffs this year they need to win 7 out of their last games. This is not an actual stat this is what I think could get them there. These wins are also counting on a the others teams losing a few games as well.

Up Next

Boston plays the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow at home. The Lighting are also fighting for the last wild card spot with 77 points. Boston can not afford to lose the Tampa.

Justin is a Computer Networking student at Wentworth Institute of Technology and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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Boston Bruins Season Is Falling Apart Faster Than It Is Coming Together

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Boston Bruins Stricken With Injuries As More Added To List

Boston Bruins are a team that has nothing positive going for them at the moment. Injury after injury has left the team scratching their head questioning what to do next. Bruce Cassidy has announced that both Anders Bjork and Brad Marchand will not travel with the team.

David Krejci will travel with the team on the upcoming road trip. This brings a small amount of light to a team with much darkness.

This is probably the biggest loss yet as Brad Marchand has 15 points in 14 games. Then Bjork a rookie who cemented his spot on the top line in training camp has 9 points already. Boston has already dug into the reserves in Providence with Danton Heinen and Jordan Swarz.

Now, these guys have played well since getting the call-up but a guy like Marchand is not replaceable. Hopefully, Providence is able to spare a couple more players or there might be a trade looming near. Providence is a team chalk full of young talent lucky for Boston except the well is starting to run dry. The Baby Bruins will soon run into the problem of not being able to field a team of their own.

Most Likely Call-Up Candidates

Zach Senyshyn. Senyshyn has 5 points in 12 games so far in Providence. He was on the bubble of making the roster during camp. Both Bjork and Debrusk took that spot. This could be his chance.

Kenny Agostino. Agostino who already has a couple NHL games this season and has been lighting up the AHL with 9 points in 8 games. Another bubble guy that lost out on a roster spot as he went down in the preseason with an injury.

Anton Blidh. Blidh who also has NHL experience would bring a bit more grit to a speedy team.

Peter Cehlarik. Another guy that is a bit more of a grinder than a goal scorer but that might be just what Boston needs.

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Boston Bruins Rob O’Gara Has His Shot To Make The Big Club

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Rob O’Gara To Get His Shot

All season long the Boston Bruins have been dealing with injuries and other roster question marks. Additionally, Brad Marchand is now out with an upper-body injury. David Krejci has been placed on the IR. Rob O’Gara has been called up from Providence.

O’Gara now has his shot to earn himself a roster spot just as some of his former Providence team members have done, as with Danton Heinen. Alike Heinen O’Gara will have to make this chance count as Heinen did by scoring two goals in his debut. Though the expectations for O’Gara are a bit different seeing that he is a defenseman. Also, the expectation for him is to make a limited amount of mistakes. Plus contributing to the offense if/when possible.

Right now the Bruins are struggling in their own end, as most of their defenseman is a minus on the plus-minus chart. In contrast, O’Gara in 7 games for Providence is a plus-four. Hopefully, he can bring some much-needed defense, with the exception of Zdeno Chara to a team with many offensive minded d-man.

Similarly, the league has evolved to one where offensive defensemen are more sought. This leads to holes in the defense as we have seen with Boston so far during the first 12 games. Boston is looking for that spark on defense and O’Gara may be it.

Roster Position

The most likely spot for O’Gara to end up is the third pairing. Now that may seem bad, however, the Bruins run three d-pairs more than other teams. O’Gara gains the much-needed NHL experience from his ice time. Hopefully, he is not just here for one game as that would be useless. It would not help him in any way possible. In fact, it would most likely hurt him mostly his confidence. O’Gara should be a better fit than the newly acquired Paul Postma. Not only does O’Gara seem to have a bit more overall skill, he has more upside.

O’Gara a 24-year-old selected by the Bruins in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Tonights Game

Boston will face the Minnesota Wild at home. The game will be aired on NESN and broadcast on 98.5 the sports hub.

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Boston Bruins David Backes To Have Colon Surgery

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Backes To Miss 8 weeks

Boston Bruin Forward David Backes who just came back after suffering from diverticulitis. Bruins Dr. David Finn has now stated that he will undergo Colon surgery.

Backes will be out for at least 8 weeks. This will add even more pressure to the kids with yet another veteran absence.

“David Backes will undergo surgery on Thursday, November 2 to remove a portion of his colon. The expected recovery time is approximately 8 weeks. The decision to have surgery was made in consultation with team physicians as well as outside specialists in the management of diverticulitis. David’s episode of diverticulitis at the beginning of the season was his second episode in two months and was complicated with an abscess (collection of infection adjacent to the colon) that required drainage. Repeated episodes, like what David experienced, have a very high likelihood of recurrence in the near term, which is why he was advised to have surgery to remove the area of colon causing the problem. It was determined that attempting to delay the surgery until after the season was an unacceptable risk to his health.

Just as he was getting back to his normal position and injury/health is an issue again for the Bruins. Sean Kurarly or Riley Nash will most likely fill the void as Ryan Spooner is still out with a groin injury. The potential of JFK being called up is there, do not get your hopes up as Kurarly has been solid.

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