Yesterday, the NHL dropped the dates and times for all of the first round playoff series. Most of the divisions are done with their seasons, with the West finally wrapping up last night. The North, however, will not fully resolve their season, well the Canucks and the Flames won’t resolve their regular season schedule until May 19th. But we don’t care about them right now.
The Boston Bruins – Washington Capitals first round series starts on Saturday night at 7:15pm. The series is scheduled for every other day and could go through May 17th if it goes to 7 games.
Saturday, May 15, 7:15 p.m.: Bruins at Capitals
Monday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.: Bruins at Capitals
Wednesday, May 19, 6:30 p.m.: Capitals at Bruins
Friday, May 21, 6:30 p.m.: Capitals at Bruins
*Sunday, May 23, TBD: Bruins at Capitals | TBD
*Tuesday, May 25, TBD: Capitals at Bruins | TBD
*Thursday, May 27, TBD: Bruins at Capitals | TBD
This season, The Bruins showed that they could hold their own against the Washington even when they went through a rash of injuries. The worst loss was on Trade Deadline Eve, inspiring Don Sweeney to pull the trigger on two trade deals that have greatly changed the Bruins for the better.
We know the games will be physical and undoubtedly Tom Wilson has learned nothing from his suspension of from the paltry fine that he incurred last week against the Rags. Actually, yes, he did learn something — he can get away with a lot as long as he toes the line. He’s not the only member of that team known for physical play and cheap shots; remember Alex Ovechkin got a soft cross-check penalty rather than the major for spearing Trent Frederic earlier in the season. Either way, these teams will beat each other up before the first round is done.
Statistical models show that the Bruins have the leg up in this competition, so go B’s!
Yesterday, Matt Porter (and his team) of the Boston Globe produced a great digital piece on how Brad Marchand is so good at what he does, especially short handed goals. You might remember that the now 33 year-old LW leads the Bruins in all-time SHG. You should check this out.
— Matt Porter (@mattyports) May 13, 2021
The Brackets should be live now.
Keep in mind you have until 7:14pm ET tomorrow night to make your picks!