By MyFM's Jake Archer - The NHL playoffs start tonight as the puck drops between the Bruins and the Ottawa Senators at 7 p.m. ET. The NBA playoff will start soon as the Celtics only have one more game to play and are likely to lock up the first overall seed in the Eastern Conference. For the first time in a few years we’ve got both teams from Causeway Street competing for a title. The question is though, who will make it farther in their postseason runs?
This question didn’t seem like it would be asked as recently as a month ago. The Bruins have been a streaky team and they were floundering at the time. Many people thought they would once again collapse down the stretch and miss the postseason but they picked themselves up and are back in the hunt for Lord Stanley’s Cup.
The Celtics, on the other hand, have been very good all year. Despite some lackadaisical games at times, they have surpassed expectations and will likely possess the number one seed in the East. If you were going to ask who was going deeper in the playoffs a month ago, the Celtics would have been a no-brainer pick.
Now however, some sentiment has changed. The Celtics are a really good team, but they’ve been exposed in postseason play in the past couple of years and there are some major questions about how this team can get it done. The Bruins are facing a tough test in Ottawa, but drew a way better matchup then the one they would have had if they faced the Washington Capitals.
The B’s may have had some tough luck against Ottawa in the recent past, but they have the talent to get by them and I think they will. The hockey playoffs are a different animal and it’s all about getting hot at the right time and having some battle-tested players. Despite Tuukka Rask’s struggles and inconsistency, I think he could really show up and carry the team.
The Celtics, as of right now, are looking at facing off with the Chicago Bulls, the Miami Heat or the Indiana Pacers. While I don’t think we can write off any of those teams against Boston, it would be a major failure for the Celtics to lose in the first round to any of those teams. If the C’s can get by whoever they play first, the likely draw for them in round 2 would be the Washington Wizards. This would be a tough, hard fought series that could go either way, but I think I’d take Washington. So realistically, I see the Celts going out in the second round.
The Bruins, in my opinion are going to get by Ottawa and have the ability to win a second round series as well, but I don’t think they will. I’ve got the B’s coming back, giving us a taste of playoff hockey and going into next year knowing they are at least moving in the right direction. So in all honesty, if you want my answer about which team is going farther in the playoffs, it’s a tie. Both teams will fall in the second round, you heard it here first.
Could they both make a run at the third round? Yes, I think so. Could they both lose in the first round? Yes, I think so. Does either have any shot at a championship appearance? Nope, definitely not. But they’ll both give us a little bit of fun before flaming out and heading to the offseason.
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