EPISODE MM-XVII PART 2: CANADA STRIKES BACK
It is a dark time for the Bruins. Although looking strong as of late, opposing Canadian teams have driven Bruins from their TD Garden and pursued them across Canada.
Evading another dreaded loss, a group of players led by Bruce Cassidy, has used St. Patty’s weekend to recover and take on the Toronto Maple Leafs in the remote ice world, Air Canada Centre.
The rest of the NHL, obsessed with defeating the Bruins, dispatched a total of 14 games remaining in the regular season to the far reaches of the NHL…
Now Let’s Recap…
Over the last week, our boys have been touring the Great White North, defeating the Vancouver Canucks and the Calgary Flames. On Friday, we played our first back-to-back in a minute against the Edmonton Oilers.
Good news, Anton Khudobin can perform at a moment’s notice and perform well, despite playing the night prior. Bad news, our boys can’t play back-to-back.
This Week’s Predictions
No matter who starts the game in our net, as long as our boys can keep control in the corners, minimize Neutral Zone and Offensive Zone turnovers, we should fair pretty well against the Leafs tonight. However, for tomorrow’s game against the Ottawa Senators, we might need to worry.
We last faced Ottawa on March 6th at Canadian Tire Centre. I know what you’re thinking, “This is a home game so we’ll be good.” I would normally agree with you, however, once again, we’re playing back-to-back. Being at home might help us a bit, but home field advantage can only help so much with a team that is fatigued.
After tomorrow’s bout with the Senators, we rest until Thursday, when we take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden. One challenge I foresee could be Peter Budaj. With one more Shutout than Tuukka Rask, 2.15 Goals Against Average, and .916 Save %, Budaj could be a problem.
Lest we forget, we have a Force of our own, Brad Marchand. Complimented by David Backes and Patrice Bergeron, “Nose Face Killah” might find the motivation to remain in first in the race for the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy.
Overall, this week should give us a good idea of where our boys will battle in the first round of the Playoffs, as well as how far we might be able to take it.
Tell Us Your Predictions!
Do you think the opposite? How about the possibility of our boys bringing home a Cup? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
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