Last night the Boston Bruins squared off against the Arizona Coyotes. The Bruins defeated the Coyotes 4-1, with goals coming from Colin Miller (5), Riley Nash (4), David Backes (13), and Brad Marchand (28). In the Eight games the Bruce Cassidy has coached, since the firing of Claude Julien, the Bruins have been red hot with a 7-1 record in the past 8 games.
A big factor in this run that the bruins are on is Left Wing Brad Marchand. Marchand is the leading goal scorer for the Bruins, who notched another goal in their most recent win against the Coyotes. In the past 8 games Marchand has put up 11 points, with 5 goals and 6 assists. Marchand is on fire and is helping to fuel this run. But he isn’t the only one who seems to be doing better with the coaching change. Patrice Bergeron has helped with 11 points and David Krejci also has 9 points in these past 8 games. If theses three continue to be strong leaders on this team and play hard like they have recently, the Bruins could be in a very good position at the end of the season.
That brings us to the playoffs. The bruins amazing run of getting 12 out of 14 points in their last 8 games has put them in a nice spot in the play off picture. A team who last week was not even in the playoffs is now tied for the second best team in the Atlantic conference.
As of now, due to tiebreakers, the Bruins would be the 3rd seed and the Senators would be the 2nd seed. This is going to be a crucial last 19 games for the Bruins, because even if the Bruins can’t catch the Canadiens for the 1st seed, if the Bruins get the 2nd seed they would have home ice for the first round of the playoffs. Now for a casual sports fan home ice might not sound like a huge advantage, however having home ice for a playoff series is a big advantage. Being able to have the fans reenergize a team who is going into a game 7 is huge. It is a very difficult thing to do for a team to go on the road for a game 7 and pull out a victory. If the Bruins continue their run Bruins will be very excited to see if they can catch the Canadiens first, but will ultimately be happy if the Bruins can secure home ice for the first round. If the Bruins make the playoffs if will be huge for fans who haven’t seen their team play in the playoffs the past two years.
The Bruins look to continue this hot streak Thursday March 2nd versus the New York Rangers. Puck drop is at 7:00 pm Eastern time.