This is most likey my final blog of the regular season and what a frustrating one it’s been from the eyes of the black and gold. No matter how this week unfolds, I want just three wins in particular out of all the remaining games left in the 2009/10 NHL season.
It all starts tonight in Toronto. GO FLYERS!I think I just puked on my shoes with that one. Yes the Flyers are the 8th seed, just one point behind the Bruins. I don’t care if the Flyers jump over the Bruins for the 7th seed. Let’s be honest here. Does it matter to Boston or Philly whether you play the Capitals or Penguins? I guess from the Flyers point of view, the emotional factor of playing the Penguins would really get the blood boiling early in a playoff series. From my perspective, it doesn’t matter. Upsets do happen allot more in the NHL than they do in the NBA. In this case, Tuukka will have to pitch shutouts to keep the B’s alive. They just don’t score enough goals to win a series.
The second most important game this week is tomorrow at Madison Square Garden – Leafs/Rangers. LET’S GO RANGERS! (CLAP — CLAP — CLAP, CLAP, CLAP)
OK, now if my dad reads this. I’m sorry. Really. I get the whole hating New York thing but I have my reasons. I’m not twelve anymore – although some days my wife thinks I might still be. I know the Blueshirts are just three back of the B’s. They are in Buffalo tonight so I guess I’m rooting for OT. For the love of Mike Richter, get me only two points over the next two nights?
Lastly. I think I may have to find a religion and confess my sins for this one. I’m definitely going to need to clean the puke off of my shoes, clothes and everything else. Saturday night. Hockey Night in Canada.
GO HABS GO! That looks worse to type it than it does to say it. My goodness. A Bruin fan openly rooting for the Canadiens. Again, I get it. We are chasing them for playoff positioning. Just a point back but I want them to get their two at home.
Right about now, my card carrying Bruin fans are probably ready to drop me as their friend. Just you guys wait. I have a method to my madness.
So there are just four other “out of town” scores I’m watching this week.
Tonight there are two games I’d really like to look to the future and see the results fall like this. First, Lightning and Panthers take down the Hurricanes and Senators respectively. The other two games are the Panthers at the Lightning on Saturday and the same two teams at the Panthers on Sunday. Love to see the two split the points there.
The Bruins don’t have an easy week themselves. With home dates against the Sabres (Thursday) and Hurricanes (Saturday) and a roadie against the Capitals on Sunday, all they have to do is keep winning. As long as they continue to take two points a night, then the Rangers and Thrashers can never catch them.
Playoff experience is never a bad thing – no matter how short the Bruins last. To get Tuukka some first hand experience this April will be great for his development. If the Bruins happen to tank this last week and drop out of the Eastern half’s “Great Eight” I ask for the three wins I detailed .
So in a nutshell, the three Toronto losses are the most important games when you consider the FUTURE OF THE BRUINS. The big three names in June’s draft are Hall, Seguin and Fowler. With three more Leafs losses, they will lock up the 29th best record in the league. That means when the draft lottery happens next Tuesday in New York City, the worst the Bruins can draft is third and they’d still have a decent chance at the #1 overall pick. To pick a player in the top five of the NHL draft usually nets a player who can sustain or lift a franchise. Names like Thornton, Marleau, Ovechkin, Crosby, Malkin, Fleury and Kessel are all top five draft picks.
Like I said to start, this year has been very frustrating to us Bruins fans. Expectations were sky high back in October. The season hasn’t been close to what we all hoped for. Right now, I’d trade the playoffs for those three Leafs losses.
Who agrees or disagrees with me and why?
Now, I have to go clean the puke off my clothes.
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Written by Jim Mulligan