By: Cara Mooney
Eleven games remain for the Boston Bruins in their 2016-2017 regular season. Realistically, five teams are still fighting for a playoff berth in the Atlantic Division. The up and coming week for the Black and Gold is the biggest week of this season so far and could ultimately decide their post-season hopes. Three of the four opponents that the Bruins face are all in the playoff hunt in the Atlantic Division, and just like the black and gold, they want to see post-season hockey.
Monday March 20th vs Toronto @ Air Canada Centre: Four points separate the Bruins and the Maple Leafs going into tomorrow night’s game; the leafs have one game in hand. This is the first of three games as the Boston Bruins look to avoid being swept in the regular season by the Leafs. With Ottawa on the back-end of these back-to-back games, this is a must-win. Tuukka Rask will get the nod as starting goaltender, Patrice Bergeron and Drew Stafford who both missed today’s practice should be in the lineup tomorrow night, and Ryan Spooner has also returned to practice and could be in the lineup as well. Puck drops at 7:30.
Tuesday March 21st vs Ottawa @ TD Garden: Just four points behind the Sens, the Boston Bruins will find themselves in Ottawa on the back end of the the back-to-back. Meanwhile, the Senators are two points behind division-leading Montreal and are looking to take the first spot. Wouldn’t it be nice to potentially put their threat to a stop? The puck drops at 7 in Boston.
Thursday March 23rd vs Tampa Bay @ TD Garden: The Lightning have not been that hot as of lately and are currently on a two-game losing streak. Despite that streak, they find themselves five points behind the Bruins. Both clubs have played the same amount of games, but regardless, Thursday should be a good game to watch. Puck drops at the Garden at 7.
Saturday March 25th vs NYI @ Barclays Center: The Islanders are a point behind the Leafs for the last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. This could potentially be a huge game for the Isles, and even if the Bs were to lose, it could be a win-win situation for the Bruins and Isles as it could slow the Leaf’s hopes down for post-season action. The puck drops at 7.
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