Bruins Fight for Playoff Life in Tight Eastern Conference Race

March 29th, 2010 by Nathaniel Snow Leave a reply »
If the NHL regular-season ended today, the Boston Bruins would be in the playoffs; they currently sit in the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference. The season isn’t over, though, and with eight games left to play there is a lot that can happen.

Boston (80 pts) barely leads the 9th place Atlanta Thrashers (78 pts) and the 10th place NY Rangers (76 pts), though the Black and Gold have a game in hand on both teams. They also only trail the sixth place Philadelphia Flyers (82 pts) and seventh place Montreal Canadiens (82 pts) by the slimmest of margins. Also, Boston holds two games on each of these squads.

Of the eight remaining games on the B’s schedule, five will be played against top-tier Eastern Conference teams. Boston plays third place Buffalo twice (3/29, 4/8), fourth place NJ once (3/30), and the powerhouse Eastern Conference leading Washington Capitals twice (4/5, 4/11). Their other three games, though, are against the worst teams in the East: Florida (4/1), Toronto (4/3), and Carolina (4/10).

The Thrashers also have a tough road ahead of them, playing games against Carolina (3/29) and Toronto (3/30) before finishi ...

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