BostonBruins.com – The 2016 NHL Draft Lottery will be held Saturday evening in Toronto (8 p.m., NBC). The Bruins are one of 14 teams eligible to receive the No. 1 overall pick. This year, the second and third picks will also be determined through drawings.
Because the Bruins finished with the most points among non-playoff teams, they have the lowest chance of securing the No. 1 pick.
BostonBruins.com – With the final week of the NHL regular season comes plenty of excitement and drama. And the Bruins find themselves right in the thick of it all.
The Bruins are fighting with Detroit and Philadelphia for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
Let’s try to break it all down.
Eastern Conference Standings (as of 9 a.m. on April 9)
GP PTS Regulation/Overtime Wins
7. Detroit 81 93 39
8. Boston 81 93 38
9. Philadelphia 80 92 36
The Bruins do not control their own destiny. Below are the scenarios in which the B's can qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs:
WILMINGTON – When the season kicked off in early October, the Bruins no doubt believed they would be playing postseason hockey.
That optimism and hope still remains.
But if the Bruins are to secure a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they will have to win the regular season finale against Ottawa – and hope for some other games to fall their way.
“You’re kind of wondering who did the schedule and how does it happen like that?” Max Talbot said after the Bruins practice Friday afternoon at Ristuccia Arena.
“It makes for fun hockey, excitement, and I think it’s good for the game.”
A win over the Senators would go a long way for the Bruins in their quest to qualify for the playoffs. But it does not guarantee them a spot.
Detroit, which is tied with the Bruins for the third and final playoff position in the Atlantic Division, plays the New York Rangers. And Philadelphia, which sits 1 point back of the Bruins for the second wild card spot has two games remaining, Saturday against Pittsburgh and Sunday against the New York Islanders.
If the Bruins win and the Red Wings or Flyers lose, Boston qualifies. For the rest of the scenarios, click here.
BOSTON – Earlier Thursday afternoon, the Bruins arrived at TD Garden feeling loose, excited, and confident ahead of a crucial meeting with the Red Wings.
Torey Krug was adamant about not shying away from the big moments, but rather embracing the challenge and opportunity that was in front of them.
And when the puck dropped, the Bruins – and Krug – performed just as they expected they would.
Five different Bruins scored, including Krug, who notched the eventual winning goal – his first tally since Dec. 5 – in a 5-2 win over Detroit Thursday night at TD Garden.
“It was huge,” said Krug. “We’re in a position where we can continue to live and hopefully get some more help and Saturday we have a job to do.”
The win moves the Bruins into a tie with Detroit for third place in the Atlantic Division with 93 points, though the Red Wings hold the tiebreaker with one more regulation/overtime victory.
Boston also moved 1 point ahead of Philadelphia for the second wild card spot, after the Flyers overtime loss to Toronto. Philadelphia has a game in hand.
BOSTON – A loss to the Red Wings tonight at TD Garden would eliminate the Bruins from contention for the final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division.
They would still be eligible for the postseason, but would need help to grab the second wild card spot from the Flyers.
The Bruins know the stakes. And they’re not shying away from them.
“I hope every other hockey player likes [the pressure],” said defenseman Torey Krug. “At some point, you were a kid dreaming about playing in elimination games and things like that.
“I think if you like to shy away from that you’re in the wrong sport and the wrong stage. Hopefully all those guys in the room feel the same way.”
WILMINGTON – For many of the Bruins, their Wednesday evening plans have been set.
They will plop down on the couch and watch some hockey, with one game in particular of great interest: Detroit-Philadelphia at 8 p.m.
The Black & Gold sit tied with the Red Wings for the final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division with 91 points. And with the two teams set for a game of their own on Thursday, much will be on the line.
“I’ll probably watch pretty closely, for sure,” Patrice Bergeron said following Wednesday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena.
“We’re all going to look at our phones or computer, TV, and refresh our pages every five minutes. That’s one of those things where, at the same time, you have to be ready and focused for tomorrow.”
With the game set to have major implications on the standings, the Bruins will be watching not only out of curiosity but also to get familiar with their next opponent.
BOSTON – The Bruins were left pondering the what-ifs on Tuesday night.
What if Zdeno Chara’s point-blank shot late in the second went in? What if Brad Marchand’s breakaway chance earlier that period found the back of the net? What if Jimmy Hayes’s attempt from the slot midway through the third beat Cam Ward? And what if Loui Eriksson’s shootout bid didn’t trickle just wide of the post?
They were all golden chances. But the Bruins had nothing to show for them.
The result was a 2-1 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden in the first of a crucial three-game season-ending stretch that will determine their playoff fate.
Former Boston College standout and Norwood, Mass., native Noah Hanifin tallied the lone goal in the fifth round of the shootout to lift the Hurricanes.
BOSTON – It has been almost two months since Colin Miller last suited up for the Boston Bruins. And during that span, much has changed.
The big club is now sitting outside of the playoff structure, needing a last-minute surge to qualify for the postseason. Miller, meanwhile, feels rejuvenated after a 19-game stint with the Providence Bruins.
His confidence returned, Miller believes he is ready to contribute to the playoff push.
“I think when you’re playing a lot more, you’re playing a lot of minutes, you're looking to get back in the flow of the game. It was good to get down there and good to get my legs back under me,” said Miller, who was recalled from Providence Tuesday morning.
BOSTON – The Bruins know the task that stands in front of them.
Three games remain in the regular season, all at TD Garden. Win all three and they qualify for the postseason.
But for now, the Black & Gold are focusing on one game – not three. Tuesday night’s tilt against the Carolina Hurricanes is the only thing that matters.
“We’ve got a big week ahead of us,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said following Monday morning’s practice at TD Garden.
“All we’ve got to do is win our games and we’re in. Our focus has to be on that and that’s what we’re going to do this week – one game at a time.”
BostonBruins.com – Beads of sweat dripped down from under Chris Kelly’s helmet Tuesday afternoon as he spoke with reporters at the SAP Center in San Jose.
Kelly apologized as he cleared the drops from his eye. But in reality, it was a nice problem to have.
“I’m sweating, so that’s a good thing,” Kelly quipped.
Four months into his recovery from a fractured left femur, suffered against Dallas on Nov. 3, Kelly hit the ice with his teammates for the first time, joining the Bruins for their optional pregame skate ahead of their meeting with the Sharks.
It was a meaningful, albeit small, step in his recovery.
“Every day it gets better,” said Kelly. “Just getting back out there with the guys for an optional morning skate was nice. I think they’re baby steps, but they’re steps. It’s part of the process and it was good to get out there.”