With the trade deadline now in the rear view mirror and the calender now into March, the push for the playoffs begins to heat up. Coming off a very impressive month of January in which the Bruins produced a record of 8-1-3 (19 points), the Bruins followed that up with an abysmal month of February by going 4-6-2 (10 points).
The Bruins begin the month of March on a mini 2-game winning streak, coming off back-to-back wins against the New Jersey Devils and Arizona Coyotes. Some excitement was generated at the trade deadline when the Bruins acquired former 1st round pick, Brett Connolly from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for 2 second round draft picks. Unfortunately Bruins fans will have to wait until the playoffs (if there are playoffs) to see him take the ice as he was hurt in practice.
Despite this being an inter-conference matchup, this game is HUGE for both teams. With the regular season winding down, both teams find themselves fighting for their playoff lives. The Bruins currently occupy the 8th and final spot in the Eastern Conference, sitting two points ahead of 9th place Florida Panthers who are in action against the Dallas Stars tonight and the Calgary Flames currently are in 3rd place in the Pacific Division but find themselves tied with the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks. Given what we are looking at I expect this to be a highly competitive game and very physical.
With the deadline over, hopefully that will relax some of our players and hopefully everyone begins to step it up to that next notch. This is a very tough month for the Bruins scheduling wise and points are a must.