Tonight we humbly ask for mercy and ever so nicely ask for a win. On this holiest of weekends, may the Bruins rise from the dead and deliver us from the evils of No Goal, Inconclusive, Offsides Challenge, and Penalty Box.
The Boston Bruins have exceeded the expectations of many prognisticators and have put themselves into a strong position to make the playoffs heading into the February 29 trade deadline. However, despite the strides made this season, they have significant deficiencies on defense that must be addressed if they want more than a one-round playoff run.
It’s clear what the Bruins’ need is: defensive help, particularly at the #3-#4 defenseman spots. The Bruins have the 3rd-best offense in the league, so acquiring an offensive defenseman doesn’t help much. They’re looking for stability in their own end. What are the defensive options available? What can the Bruins offer? What might be their game plan? Who might be willing trade partners?
The Boston Bruins return from the All Star break 29-18-5 for 57 points, fourth in the Atlantic and first in the wild card. Tonight they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs (17-22-9 43 points) at TD Garden. The Bruins are 11-13-2 at home; with games against Toronto and Buffalo this week at the Garden, their home record should improve. Toronto is 10-14-2 on the road and 1-7-2 in their last ten.