By MyFM's Jake Archer - The Bruins are set to open up the Stanley Cup playoffs on Wednesday night and they’ll be facing off with the Ottawa Senators in the first round. It will be the first postseason meeting between the clubs. The B’s caught a huge break when the Toronto Maple Leafs blew a two-goal lead to the Columbus Blue Jackets because it slotted them in as the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference.
Had Toronto won, the Bruins would have been the second wild card team and they would have faced the Washington Capitals. Although the Senators are no cakewalk, the Caps would have been a very tough opponent for the Bruins as they are the league’s best team. It’s the best possible outcome for a B’s team that although dangerous, is going to need some breaks to make a run at winning anything of note.
With that said, the Senators still have had the B’s numbers this year and in the recent past. Ottawa swept the Bruins in the season series and has won 10 of the last 12 between the teams. That sounds awful, but Ottawa is a beatable team and the Bruins have had many close games with them. In fact, the talent on Boston’s side might be greater.
A huge issue right now for Boston is health. Defenseman Torey Krug could be out for most of, if not the whole series and that will play a major factor. Brandon Carlo is also not looking too promising to play either and with him and Krug uncertain, the B’s have called up top prospect Charlie McAvoy.
It’ll be interesting to see McAvoy thrown right into the fire of the playoffs and it will be awesome to have the Bruins back in the playoffs after a two-year hiatus. So don’t count out the Senators, because the Bruins are in for a fight, but also be thankful the Washington Capitals aren’t our first foe.