They didn’t win a single game of the round-robin. However, in their last game against the Washingyon Capitals, the Boston Bruins seemed to have more energy, more compete than they had had in either of their last 2 games. So, there’s hope that when the B’s play their first official playoff game, they will kick themselves into that extra gear. They better find it quickly as they will be facing the Carolina Hurricanes starting on Tuesday night.
The Hurricanes were the first team to advance to the first round of the playoffs after defeating the New York Rangers in 3 games. With a week off, it remains to see if the time off will help or hinder the Canes performance. Here is the full schedule of the 7 game playoff series between the Bruins and Canes.
Tuesday, August 11 at 8pm
Thursday, August 13 at 8pm
Saturday, August 15 at 12pm
Monday, August 17 at 8pm
Wednesday, August 19 (TBD)
Thursday, August 20 (TBD)
Sunday, August 23 (TBD)
Today, all the players have the day off in anticipation of the second phase of the NHL Draft Lottery, which takes place tonight at 6pm Eastern, 11pm London time. The 8 teams eliminated from the qualifying round each have an equal chance (12.5%) of winning the number one overall pick, which is presumed to be winger Alexis Lafrenière from Rimouski Oceanic of the QJMHL.
Lafreniere Lottery: EDM, FLA, MIN, NASH, NYR, PIT, TOR, WIN
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 10, 2020
For the NHL Draft Lottery draw tomorrow night:
It will not be behind closed doors. Bettman will pull the winning ball from the machine live on the air.
This is GOING TO RULE.
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) August 10, 2020
My gut says that it’ll be the Rangers who win it but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Penguins or the Oilers get the pick either. Please, not the Maple Leafs, thanks.
Speaking of the Leafs: they were shut out in Game 5 of their qualifying round against the Columbus Blue Jackets. I guess this is what happens when you don’t invest in defense and depend upon your forwards not being shut down by *checks notes* an opposing defense led by Zach Werenski and Seth Jones. These two guys are good. In fact, Toronto only won Game 4 after Werenski left the game with an injury and by going empty net early. The penalty taken by Nick Foligno sealed that game. Anyway, we can celebrate that the Leafs are out!
2019 me: Please hockey gods, next year don’t let the Leafs lose in round one.
Hockey gods: Wait did you say round one or the first round?
2019 me: I… what?
Hockey gods: Never mind.
2019 me: Don’t those both mean the same thing?
Hockey gods (giggling): Hold that thought.
— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) August 10, 2020
I really do respect the Leafs’ commitment to making it as painful as possible. Always. Forever.
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) August 10, 2020
Both Edmonton and Toronto are truly neutral sites now that each of the home town teams has been eliminated in postseason play. It still doesn’t quite feel like the playoffs quite yet. The arena staff have been having fun with in game stuff.
— NHL (@NHL) August 3, 2020
The NHL is doing a pretty good job of steering into the weirdness pic.twitter.com/mXVMb74o1b
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) August 9, 2020
Personality in hockey? I dig it!
This year we have a very tight timeframe for a bracket challenge in that if you’re going to do it, you must complete them by 3pm tomorrow. If you would like to fill out brackets, I have created 2 leagues, one for Bearly on Topic and the other for Bobby to Bergy. I hope you’ll fill them out and have fun!