posted at 3/14/2012 12:41 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Playoffs
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Playoffs : Fair enough - I saw the Canucks/Habs game and yes, Montreal buzzed them all game for the win. As poorly as Vancouver may be playing right now, the Bruins' situation is more precarious as they could drop to 7th. The Sens are just 2 points back. Only Detroit (91 pts.) and the Preds (89pts.) are within realistic striking distance of Vancouver. I see only Ballard being of note regarding Canuck injuries as I'm unfamiliar with the importance of Ebbett and Volpatt. I don't think you can compare the long-term loss of Rask, Peverley, Horton and McQuaid to Ballard etc in terms of what they mean to the Bruins. They're part of the core.
Posted by RichHillOntario[/QUOTE]
St.L, Det, & Nas are all in the Central, so only one of them can be ahead of the Canucks as the #1 seed; the others will be relegated, at best, to #4 or #5, regardless of how many pts they have.
Yes, Ballard is the only significant injury, and I really wonder how bad he is. I know the Canucks want to have serious looks at both Tanev & Gragnani before the playoffs start. Ebbett & Volpatti are 4th line depth forwards, in the same category as Weise (scratched) and Bitz (Chicago). I heard that Ebbett is back on skates, but Volpatti may be done for the season.
I agree that the Bruins' injuries have put them in a serious situation. As I posted a couple of weeks ago, injuries which occur in the front half of the season allow a team to test its depth, and if a concern, address it at the deadline. Injuries post-deadline are much more serious, if you find that the depth you thought you had is incapable of producing consistent results at the NHL level. The late season epidemic of injuries have severely tested the Bruins' depth.