Boston Bruins Boston Bruins Playoff Talk: Team Is Falling Apart Just Like The Previous Two Seasons Published 8 months ago on March 22, 2017 By Tanner Rebelo Share Tweet Boston Bruins Playoff Talk: Team Is Falling Apart Just Like The Previous Two Seasons The Boston Bruins playoff potential is all but slipping down the drain with the team now losers of three straight games after losing to the Ottawa Senators on home ice on Tuesday. For this team the game against Ottawa was a must win, but a 3-2 loss the night after a 4-2 loss against Toronto is not the way this team needed to play down the stretch here. The game against Ottawa was pivotal as the Bruins entered the game being down 2-0 in the season series against he Sens and had the chance to get close that gap and move two points closer to Ottawa in the Atlantic Division standings. But instead of moving within one point of Ottawa the Bruins dropped to five points behind the second seed and they remain just one point ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Bruins fans wanted one thing to go differently this year and that was for the B’s to not choke down the stretch, this was an issue they had suffered in the previous two seasons and caused them too miss the playoffs in both of those years. With nine games to go in their season the Bruins seem all but on the edge of spiraling out of control once again, but defenseman Torey Krug says the epic collapse of the previous two seasons will not happen this year. “I haven’t thought about it, I haven’t talked about it. It’s a different feeling this year. [A collapse] is not going to happen this year. I know we’ve got a lot of pride in this room,” said Krug, “The guys that have been through it. There’s no other option except making sure we stay on course and take care and do our jobs. “You feel like you played pretty well and things didn’t go your way. You make a big mistake and it cost you. You got to realize what’s done is done, and we have an important task on Thursday [vs. the Lightning]. We’ve got to come to the rink with no other option except winning that game. That’s the mindset we’ve got to have.” Despite Krug’s words, it is tough not to make the connection between this years team and last years team considering the roster is almost identical for the most part. Plus last season the Bruins seemed like a lock to make the playoffs but failed to pick up points in the last several weeks leading to a must win against Ottawa in the last game of the year where their star goaltender sat out with an illness. I do believe however this years Boston Bruins team will make the playoffs, despite their one point lead over Toronto you have to feel relatively confident in the majority of the nine games remaining. The toughest games remaining are matchups with the Blackhawks, Senators, and potentially the Capitals who the B’s face in the last game of the year but the Cap’s are unlikely to be playing for something in that game with their playoff spot locked up. If the Bruins for some reason miss the playoffs and continue to lose hockey games you will see a shakeup of epic proportions. Cam Neely would likely be fired, and for better or worse Don Sweeney could also be gone. Bruce Cassidy would be an interesting case though with Cassidy looking like a solid coach so far for Boston and may warrant the Jacobs family to keep him around in the near future. But let’s not overreact yet, they haven’t missed the playoffs yet, but if they do there should be hell to pay. Related Topics:Boston BruinsBruinsfeatured Up Next Boston Bruins Prospects Showcased At Upcoming NCAA Tournament Don't Miss Boston Bruins Playoff Hopes Are Slipping Away with Loss To Ottawa Senators Tanner Rebelo Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta. 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Both were “nicked up” against Toronto on Saturday. #NHLBruins — Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 13, 2017 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. 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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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