The Boston Bruins play their final home game for the month of February tonight. Once again, two very important points are on the line.
The Boston Bruins are trying to finish out the month of February on a high note. They’ve gone 6-1 under interim head coach Bruce Cassidy. They’ve fought their way back into playoff position and they’re angling to get two more points as they take on the Arizona Coyotes at the TD Garden.
Overall, the Boston Bruins have had pretty good luck over the struggling Coyotes. Tuesday night will be the 74th time the two teams have paired off against each other. The Bruins have brought home a victory over half the time, going 46-20-7-1 against Arizona. Over the course of their matchups, the Bruins have outscored the Coyotes 279-218.
The last time the two teams faced off was in November. The Boston Bruins edged out a 2-1 victory.
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The Boston Bruins have found a second wind under Bruce Cassidy. They’re now competing against the top teams in the Atlantic Division. They even have a solid chance of winning the division this season, something that would have been unthinkable just a few short weeks ago.
“It’s like playoff hockey, every game’s a must-win and for us,” shared Bruins forward Frank Vatrano with the media after Monday’s practice. “We’re right on the cusp of the playoffs, so obviously you pay attention to what’s going on around the league.”
“But at the end of day, we need to worry about what we’re doing. We’ve got to win games and can’t let any games slip away from us.”
The Bruins are just two points behind the Ottawa Senators and six behind the Montreal Canadiens in the Atlantic.
The Bruins have no choice but to keep the pressure up. There are still too many teams out there who can steal a playoff spot from them. Toronto is only one point behind them. The Islanders just two. With the possible exceptions of Carolina and Detroit, every team in the Eastern Conference has a shot of stealing the playoff slot from the Black and Gold.
That will be a lot harder if the Bruins finish out February by getting two points from Arizona.