Morning Free Association: Two More Games to Go

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After losing to the New York Rangers in their season finale 5-4, the Boston Bruins have assured themselves that the highest playoff seeding they will obtain is third in the East. Pittsburgh has firmly taken hold of first place with 77 points. Washington with one more game to go is just behind them with 75 points. Even if the Bruins win both of their remaining games, they would only tie the Capitals in points and lose on tiebreakers. So, third is the best they can shoot for. The New York Islanders also have one more game to go which coincidentally is against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden tonight. If the Bruins win either tonight or tomorrow night, they will stay ahead of the Isles in third. If they lose both games, they will slip behind to fourth place.

So what’s the difference? As a fourth seed, they will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round. Considering they finally figured out how to battle through the neutral zone (hitting and often) and can score on Tristan Jarry, maybe this isn’t so bad. They new look second and third lines of the Bruins were able to take over when the top line was neutralized. Also, Brad Marchand is hard to knock off his game. Should the Bruins retain the third slot, they would be locked in for a best of seven against the Washington Capitals who sport a slightly more stout D but a more porous goaltending corps. Getting through and by the forward lines hasn’t been all that tough for the B’s but these games could get ugly fast.

So, it’s pretty much a “pick your poison” kind of deal.

One piece of news that came out on Friday is that long lost right wing, Ondrej Kase, has emerged from his hibernation. The Czech forward has missed the last 52 games with an upper body injury incurred against the New Jersey Devils in the second game of the season. His visor is now tinted presumably to cut out glare and prevent visual sensitivity that can be a post-concussion symptom. Bruce Cassidy stated yesterday that he’ll play him when he’s medically cleared and that he is on-track to play tonight. Presumably, he’ll play the third line right wing in place of Charlie Coyle who will sit out the remaining two games to be ready for the playoffs.

As for the playoffs, who knows when they will begin. The Vancouver Canucks in the North have seven games to make up before their season ends on May 19th with three games against the Calgary Flames. Believe it or not, due to the Canucks being so far behind in games played, the fourth seed in the North is not determined as of yet.

The Bruins play the New York Islanders tonight at the TD Garden at 7pm. Let’s hope that the Isles still haven’t figured out how to hockey.

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Whoever plays the Caps will be beat up afterward. Go Isles!

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The Italian soccer league is well known for late-season games in which a draw suits both teams – they tend to end in a draw! It’s called a baguette or a bagel or some such.

Not sure there’s ever a case where both teams want to lose though! Could be an amusing one tonight

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Morning all. Quiet weekend.

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Morning!

Think I’d rather face the Pens, in which case I don;t really care what happens in these last couple of games. Odd situation. Don’t recall it’s like.

A tough first round against the Caps goons isn’t going to do prospects for the rest of the playoffs any good. Let the Isles face the brunt.

Pleasant day yesterday – went out in short sleeves for the first time this year. Neck is a bit sunburnt this morning!

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Pleasant day yesterday – went out in short sleeves for the first time this year. Neck is a bit sunburnt this morning!

We were in short sleeves for a few days in April…. I’m wearing a hoodie and long johns this morning…42°f!

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Today is what my mom would have called “a lowery day” (the low pronounced like “how”). I think it’s a Gaelic word. She said that’s how her dad described cloudy, not quite rainy days. An odd Mother’s Day as we don’t have moms anymore. Jo did not handle it well.

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Haven’t heard lowery before but the internet tells me it means a dark, cloudy, threatening sky. We get plenty of that here!

I’m sorry yesterday was a tough one for you two.

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Thanks! We are glad that our moms became friends and enjoyed time together. A couple characters. GH and IW met them together. Great memories at Coddington Brew Pub!!!

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We enjoyed that. Those two were great!

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Hugs to you and Jo.

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I’d be glad to see the Pens rather than the Caps, because having a bunch of injuries is no fun. Though I think the Bruins will end up facing the Caps either way. And I have no idea how that series goes. I think the post-deadline Bruins are the best of the 4 teams, but not by much.