The Boston Bruins most recent loss has seriously jeopardized their chances of making the postseason. The B’s are giving up control of their own fate (again), and will need help to make the postseason in April.
The Boston Bruins know they’re in trouble. With Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, their chances of making the playoffs have greatly diminished. At one point, the Bruins odds had crept back towards 40%, but are now back to a wholly unacceptable one-in-four (27.4%)
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Bruins players talked about how important this game was on Saturday afternoon. They understood what a loss would mean to the team and their postseason hopes.
“We need our best performance of the year against a divisional rival and a team that’s chasing us in the standings with a few games in hand. We’ve been playing pretty good hockey,” said David Backes according to the Boston Bruins website. “We need that trend to continue. We need to lay it out there and give everything we have on Saturday night to get the two points.”
“It’s a big game,” offered B’s captain Zdeno Chara. “We all watch the standings and know that teams are battling to move up. Every point is crucial and can make a big difference at the end. They have a really good team and are playing with a lot of pace, and a lot of speed.
“We need to be ready for that. It’s the last game before we have a few days of rest, and then a few games before the bye week. So we know the schedule and for sure we want to take advantage of that.”
With tonight’s loss, the Bruins are now just one point ahead of Toronto. The Leafs have five games in hand on Boston, and unless they suffer a severe collapse of their own, the B’s will be on the outside looking in by the time their bye week starts.
The Bruins are once again giving up control. They’re leaving the fate of their postseason in the hands of other teams. They’ve given up control of their destiny and are now going to need some serious outside help if they have any expectation of breaking the cycle that has kept them out of the postseason for the last two years.