Currently, the Boston Bruins have the best record in the NHL with an astonishing record of 44 - 14 - 12 led by “Czech Sensation,” David Pastrnak who has a whopping 95 points in just 70 games played. Brad Marchand is not looking too shabby with 87 points for himself this season. WILD! The key to the Bruins success is depth on the roster. If the first line of Pastrnak, Bergeron and Marchand struggle, Coach Cassidy can leave it up to any other forward to step in to perform. Whether it would be someone as clutch as Charlie Coyle to someone as physical as Joakim Nordstrom, the Bruins can find ways to pull a rabbit out of a hat. Let’s talk defense, undersized defenseman, Torey Krug who could handle the toughest defensive assignments and at times, you could mistaken him as a forward, the way he splits through defenders, zone entries and cycling the puck, his specialty helps contribute to the Bruins scoring goals. Charlie MacAvoy was having a quiet season until the All Star break he became alive with a total of 32 points this season, tying a career high. Let’s not give the forwards and defenders all the credit, goaltenders, Tuukka Rask and Jarsolav Halak have been the main core of this team, Rask with a 26 - 8 - 6 record with 5 shutouts and Halak who is 18 - 6 - 6 with 3 shutouts. Who could stop the Bruins? Covid-19.
In March, the National Hockey League along with many other major and minor sports leagues announced their season will be abruptly stopped due to the Coronavirus. Just two nights prior, the Bruins came off a convincing 2 - 0 victory over the NHL’s hottest team, the Philadelphia Flyers. Now, us fans are wondering what will happen when or if the season will resume? Can the Bruins continue the same momentum after such a long mandatory rest? Many on NHL Network seem to think the shutdown won’t stop the Bruins and they will continue being the team to beat in the postseason. If the NHL was to jump straight into the playoffs, the Bruins would be hosting the 8th seed Columbus Blue Jackets who barely squeaked by the New York Islanders for the team's third straight playoff berth. The Blue Jackets stomped on the 62 win Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the playoffs last year so many people shouldn’t be surprised if they pull off another crazy upset. The Bruins should be able to hold them off however, we simply don’t know how rookie goaltender, Elvis Merzlikins will do during his first big moment as the postseason starter. The Bruins should beat the Blue Jackets in 6 games or less, knocking the Blue Jackets out of the playoffs for the second straight year. Now, the Bruins might be out of luck, unless the Toronto Maple Leafs shock the Tampa Bay Lightning or if the Carolina Hurricanes get the best of the Washington Capitals, otherwise it’s not going to look pretty for Beantown. Let’s say the Capitals and Lightning win their series, it would be a blessing for the Bruins as they would plummet each other in most likely a 7 game battle. Nevertheless, the Bruins first would have to face the winner of the Philidalpha Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins series. The Bruins record against the Flyers is 1 - 0 - 2 and they fared better against the Penguins with a 2 - 1 - 0 record. Whomever the Bruins face, it will be a seesaw series with the Bruins most likely sneaking by a win at home in game 7.
Sadly, the reality is this could be the furthest the Bruins will go. If it wasn’t for the lockdown, the Bruins’ odds against the Capitals and Lightning would have been better, especially with Capitals’ goalie, Braden Holtby struggling as of late and the Lightning star, Steven Stamkos will be missing the start of the postseason due to a muscle injury back in February. No matter who wins the second round series, the Bruins will most likely carry the curse - the team that wins the President’s Trophy is destined not to win the Stanley Cup. Some questions continue to linger like will Zdeno Chara retire? Will Tuukka Rask be traded during the offseason? If these changes do come about, there is a good chance the Bruins could be a quick playoff contender for the next few short years. A better scenario for the Boston Bruins would be a quest for a rematch against the St. Louis Blues only to take back what could have been theirs just a year ago, Championship #7.