The Bruins Stanley Cup first round match-up has been set. The Black & Gold will take on their Original Six brethren, the Detroit Red Wings and I am a wee bit scared.
The Bruins ran away with the division after a scorching hot 15-1-1 March, but the Red Wings gave the B’s everything they could handle during the regular season, beating Boston 3 out of 4 games. As Joe Haggerty Of CSNNE pointed out, two of those loses were without Red Wings’ ALL WORLD forward Pavel Datsyuk in the line-up. And captain Henrik Zetterberg has also missed considerable time.
Unfortunately, the Bruins don’t pick their opponents and the Columbus Blue Jackets didn’t do the B’s any favors staying hot down the stretch to secure the 7th seed (they will face Pittsburgh in the first round). Columbus would have been a much better match-up especially due to the their lack of playoff experience. The Red Wings are on the complete opposite end of the spectrum as they are very battle tested. Detroit recently secured their 23rd straight playoff berth which is the longest current streak in the NHL.