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Boston Bruins Playoff Talk: Team Is Falling Apart Just Like The Previous Two Seasons

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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.

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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Boston Bruins Former Coach Claude Julien Returns To Boston

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Claude Julien Applauded Or Booed Upon Return?

Boston Bruins former coach Claude Julien coached the team for a decade. will make his return tonight as the Bruins face the Montreal Canadiens tonight. He led the team to bring Lord Stanley’s Cup back home to Boston. He also coached many of the current bruins as they were just starting out. The most significant being Patrice Bergeron and look how he turned out. Claude did many great things for Boston in his time here.

While in Boston he was loved by the players and fans. Claude brought the team to be known as one the if not the top defensive team in the league year after year.  After winning the cup in 2011 he then brought the team back to the cup in 2013 where we all know what happened. After that, the league seems to make a shift towards a faster-paced game and more offensive. Not only the offense but the defensemen were also looking to be more offensive. Claude was not one to change his style and he stuck to his guns. Continually playing the savvy vets over the skilled and less defensive kids.

This may have been one of the reasons he was fired because Cam and Sweeney wanted a younger faster team. Still, once the video tribute to Claude comes up which will definitely include Captain Zdeno Chara hoisting the cup he will get an ovation for all that he did for the team. Claude has cemented his name in Boston Bruins history and we will not forget what he did for this city. He is the Boston Bruins winningest coach with 419 wins. Also in 2009, he won the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL’s coach of the year.

The Players Opinion

The players that were coached under him seem to not have much emotion going into tonight’s game. Although some look back at what Claude did for their careers.

Here is Marchand on his time with Claude:

“He gave me an opportunity to play, dealt with me more than I think a lot of coaches would have, worked with me tirelessly,” Marchand said of the former Bruins coach. “Had plenty of conversations about how to act and how to be a good player, a good pro, how to learn the game and become a better player.

Brad Marchand is now one of the best wingers in the game today and it may Claude has a lot to do with that.

Another young kid that grew up playing under Claude is David Pastrnkak who is still developing. He also had a few words about his former coach:

“He’s the one that I was given the opportunity to play in the NHL, We had a bunch of meetings in the time I was here…obviously have a lot of good memories. He spent so much time with this organization and has given a lot.”

Captain Zdeno Chara had some nice words to say to the coach who gave him the “C”:

“He definitely should be recognized for that…he’s a great coach, a great person, taught me a lot about how to play the game the right way in certain situations. He’s just a great teacher.”

Tonight’s game may be a bit odd for some of the players that were the core of the team while Claude was here. These players have all said that they are treating it like any other game and are looking to go out there and win. Tonight’s game starts at 7:30 and will air on NBCSN.

 

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Boston Bruins Have A good Problem To Have With Their Roster

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The team has many players that could play each night

Boston Bruins of late have been playing really well and have had almost a 100 percent healthy roster. This leads to a great problem to have. The problem of having many players that can play every night and not knowing which ones to start.

Bruce Cassidy has had to make these tough decisions on who plays and who sits. Not to mention who gets sent down. Now Bruce does not have a big role in sending players to Providence but he definitely gets a say. With all this, it seems as if he has found his roster with a couple players still on the Bubble.

Boston current roster looks like so:

Forwards:

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronDavid Pastrnak

Jake DebruskDavid KrejciRyan Spooner

Danton HeinenRiley NashDavid Backes

Tim SchallerSean KuralyNoel Acciari

Defense:

Zdeno CharaCharlie McAvoy

Torey KrugBrandon Carlo

Matt GrzelcykKevan Miller

Goalies:

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Players On The Bubble

Now then who is missing well there are a couple big names missing. Adam McQuaid is the biggest, now he is not a star defensemen. Although he has been a solid D for the team over the years and now he is a healthy scratch every night. The reason being is that Grzelyck has shown that he has what it takes to be in the big club and it would be stupid to take him out. Also missing just recently is Anders Bjork who has not been performing to his expectation.

Now at the beginning of the year, Bjork and Bergeron were paired before his injury. When Bergy cam back they put Pasta with him and Bjork with Krejci. Maybe Bjork and Krejci are not a good fit. Still, the kid needs to produce and Bruce has no problem sitting anyone. Also along with Bjork is Peter Cehlarik who had claimed a roster spot until injury and now he too is on the outside looking in. Also with Cehlarik is Frank Vatrano who has been a bit of a disappointment since he’s been here. He has had spurts of great, then he just seems to lose. Look for him to be used in a trade if the B’s lose someone.

Providence and Prospect pool are Abundant

Even the B’s System is stacked with talent that could be up here very soon. They also have many kids that are playing in the NCAA that look great. Two of them are currently playing for Team USA in the World Juniors. Then just yesterday Bruin prospect and current Harvard member Ryan Donato was named to the 2018 Olympic team.

The Current Roster is here to stay

Bruce seems like he has found his crew and will look to stick to his guns. Possibly Bjork renters the roster, other than that most likely not much deviation. The main reason being is that with this roster they are currently in second place in the Atlantic and only 10 points back of first. The team has brought there differential from -6 to plus 20 and have been playing better overall. In the last 10 games, the team is 7-1-2.

This team could be a cup contender if they keep playing like this.

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Boston Bruins Showing They Are Here To Win 

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Boston Bruins Have Moved Into Second Place In The Atlantic With

5th Straight Win

The Boston Bruins are sitting in second place with last nights win over the Ottawa Senators. With 45 points and two games in hand to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now Boston is just 9 points back of Tampa Bay who sits at 54 points. Hopefully, the B’s can keep the streak alive.

Last night we saw the points come from a very underrated player on the roster. Riley Nash finished the game with 2 goals and an assist.

Nash’s goals were not garbage goals either they were indeed the opposite and very skilled goals. Since joining the team last year as what most people believed to be a role player as well as a veteran presence. Then last night on the Broadcast Jack and Brick had stated that Nash has been told to shoot more. Clearly is paying off, as Nash shows that he is not just a role player.  Nash only has 32 points in the year and a half he has been here but most things he does do not go on the score sheet. Boston will look to see some more production from him.

Then there is the rest of the team, they seem to have found “it” and whatever “it” is it needs to stay. In the last 10 games, the team is 8-1-1. The only teams better in that stand are Vegas and Tampa who are both in first place in their respective divisions. The Patrice Bergeron line is looking like the conehead line from the movie Miracle (Pass, Pass, Score). Then there is the Nash line with Danton Heinen and David Backes on his wings.  Backes has found his games on the wing with Nash and currently has 5 goals and 11 points in 16 games this season. The team as a whole has just been great.

Then Tuukka Rask has been playing the way he is expected to play. It might be too early to say but the Bruins are a contender for the cup right now. The only thing missing is Anders Bjork who has been quiet as of late. If he can find his game then Boston will be a hard team to beat.

Up Next:

Boston is on to take on what seems to be the unbeatable Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals. The Capitals are always a tough matchup and it would be a great team to beat.

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