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Looking at the Bruins last three games, it’s obvious that the Black & Gold are in for at least two, if not three, battles with very motivated teams working toward important playoff positioning.

And Boston, 2-7-1 in their last 10, needs to bring their A-game if they intend to show GM Peter Chiarelli that they, as a unit, belong on TD Banknorth Garden ice in 2007-08.

On Tuesday the Bruins play the Habs and for once, it might be the Bruins who can eliminate the Canadiens, or at least help eliminate Montreal, from playoff contention -- depending on the actions of the other players in the race.

Take a look.

#. Team, GP, W-L-Otl, Pts
6. Rangers, 79, 41-29-9, 91
7. Tampa Bay, 79, 43-32-4, 90
8. Montreal, 79, 41-32-6, 88
9. Toronto, 79, 38-30-11, 87
10. Carolina, 79, 39-32-8, 86
11. Islanders, 78, 36-30-12, 84

On Sunday, James Mirtle, a writer for Toronto’s Globe and Mail, wrote in his hockey blog:

(It) should be noted that if Montreal does, in fact, go 2-0-1, they are guaranteed to get in. One of Toronto’s biggest problems may be their low win total, as that first tiebreaker will likely not fall to the Maple Leafs.

However, if the Bruins were to ’help’ the Habs to a week-starting loss on Tuesday, it would deliver a serious blow to their efforts to shore up the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Of this the Canadiens are wary. The Montreal Gazette’s Pat Hickey writes today:

Canadiens forward Mike Johnson is like most of his teammates - he’s doing a lot of scoreboard watching as the Eastern Conference playoff race goes down to the wire. But, while the Canadiens are grateful for any help they can get, they are acutely aware their fate is in their own hands.
"We have to win our games," Johnson said Saturday night after the Canadiens held on to the eighth - and final - playoff spot in the East with a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Johnson has said he hasn’t paid attention to statistics since he was a finance major at Bowling Green State University, but he said there’s one simple mathematical fact: "We have a playoff spot and if we keep winning, we’ll hold on to that spot."


Speaking of the Sabres, Mister Briere, Drury and Co. are looking to sew up first place in the ENTIRE NHL this week. And, looking below, we see that they are only one point behind Detroit with one game in hand for the President’s Trophy.

#. Team, GP, W-L-Otl, Pts
1. Detroit, 79, 48-19-12, 108
2. Buffalo, 78, 50-21-7, 107
3. Anaheim, 79, 47-20-12, 106
4. Nashville, 79, 49-23-7,105

It’s scary folks, but the Bruins have played better in their last two games, so there is hope that Our Boys can be a factor as the seeding for the playoffs is finalized this week.
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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
2 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
3 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
4 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
5 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
6 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
7 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
8 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 73 21 31 2 52
L. Eriksson 73 19 23 0 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
M. Lucic 73 15 25 10 40
B. Marchand 69 22 17 6 39
C. Soderberg 74 11 27 8 38
R. Smith 73 12 25 8 37
T. Krug 70 12 23 12 35
D. Krejci 39 7 21 7 28
C. Kelly 72 7 20 8 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .919 2.30
T. Rask 29 19 12 .921 2.34
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