By: Cam Bigelow, NHL Staff Writer
Many would slot the Bruins as a potential cup contender, as a fan of this team that is beyond great news. However as a fan of the Bruins myself, I can’t help but proceed with cautious optimism.
With the bruins coming off of a 6-5 overtime win, and goal fest, Tuesday night against the Detroit Red Wings, everything seems to be in order and going in favor of the Bruins. A 19 point playoff cushion, games in hand on both the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs have all but solidified the Bruins playoff spot.
However 4 games into a home stand, things are starting to bounce back against the B’s. Injuries are adding up as Bergeron, a Hart Trophy Candidate at the time of his injury, is set to be re-evaluated in about a week after fracturing his right foot. Charlie Mcavoy is expected to miss the next 4 weeks due to an MCL sprain he received during a game against Montreal on the 3rd. Mcavoy was the Bruins stud on defense in his rookie season producing 32 points in 59 games, not to mention his stellar puck movement and defensive ability. And last but not least Tuukka Rask is a little banged up as well. Nothing major, but with Rask, it seems to be nagging injuries that have hurt him in years past. Not to mention that David Backes has a hearing for a high hit on Frans Neilson during the Red Wings game.
With everything going right for the bruins I can’t help but feel a little cautious. They are more than likely going to face a very similar Toronto team in the first round, and with possibly lingering injuries that may come back to bite them, I would not be surprised to see the Bruins bounced in the first round. This isn’t the hottest take in the world but I feel like everyone is talking the bruins up as a team that has no vice, which is simply not true. How about the poor defense over the last three games, or taking two of the worst teams in the Atlantic into overtime back to back, and in those games relying on your bonafide superstar in Brad Marchand. Just food for thought.
It’s also worth noting that the bruins have the deepest forward core in the NHL. With adding Rick Nash, Brian Gionta, and Tommy Wingels. All of which have contributed to the already monster of a young, talented, gritty forward core. But the most surprising addition to the trade deadline has been that of defenseman Nick Holden. With three points in his first three games, a +/- of 2 all while averaging around 19 minutes a game, he has already paid off big time for the B’s with Charlie Mcavoy out. He is so far the most valuable acquisition made at the deadline for the Bruins.
With 18 games remaining in the season, only time will tell if the Bruins can keep up their unbelievable and surprising season, or if their youth will catch up to them in the playoffs. One thing is for sure however, I am just an overly paranoid Bruins fan.