B’s Beat: What To Expect From The Bruins The Remainder Of The Season
The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics is over, and three Boston Bruins will be coming home with medals. Patrice Bergeron won gold with Team Canada, Loui Eriksson won silver with Team Sweden, and Tuukka Rask won bronze with Team Finland. Coach Claude Julien and General Manager Peter Chiarelli also won Gold with Team Canada as part of the coaching and management staff respectively.
While we are tremendously proud of their Olympic accomplishments, there are still 25 games left to be played in the 2013/14 NHL regular season schedule. The B’s currently have a 7 point lead (78 points) in the Atlantic Conference standings, they also have games in hand against every single team chasing them for the top spot. Needless to say; the Bruins will be in a very good place when the season resumes on Wednesday.
It is going to be a tremendous grind on the Bruins for the rest of the season. As I said above; they have 25 games left in the season, but 17 of those games are in the month of March alone, including 3 back-to-backs.
Most of the team are going to have a hell of a time getting back into game form having sat out the last 2 weeks while some of their fellow B’s were over in Sochi. For this reason, it will be wise for the Bruins’ management to acquire some depth at the trade deadline which is only days away (March 5th). Injuries are almost certain given the rough upcoming schedule. You can certainly expect the team to be active in the trade market now that the Olympic Trade freeze has been lifted as of midnight last night.
You can also expect to see Tuukka Rask take a seat more often than not down this final stretch as he will be needed for the playoffs. Chad Johnson will likely see as many as 8 starts during the final 25. Rask was pretty outstanding in the Olympics after his piss poor first start. I certainly believe he can build off his new found confidence and find his game with the team after a rough stretch heading into Sochi.
It will also be key for guys who didn’t play in Russia to get their game back to the way it was before the break. Jarome Iginla is a perfect example of what I am talking about. He had 7 points (2 goals, 4 assists) and a +5 in the 4 games leading into Sochi.
One of the great things about the break was that it gave those with injuries time to recover. Adam McQuaid has been dealing with injuries all season and has been out of action since January 19th. You can expect to see a healthy Darth Quaider out there sooner rather than later, which is good news for the team’s already battered defensive core.
The Boston Bruins open up the last part of the regular season Wednesday against the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo. Puck drop is at 7:30pm.
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