"Through the first 57 games of the regular season, the Bruins played 31 homes games, leaving them with a bit more traveling to do before the playoffs. In those 31 home games, the Bruins posted a phenomenal 23-6-2 record, while they played to a 14-10-2 record in 26 road contests. To put things into perspective, 60% of the Bruins games remaining will be on the road. That’s 15 of the last 25 games away from the TD Garden."
Of the 15 road games, the Bruins travel to play Western Conference teams just four times, split up into two separate two game stretches. Beyond those four games, the Bruins away schedule consists of 11 conference games, six of which are within the division. Those division games are short trips, limiting the effects of travel on the team. While the extra travel may present a challenge, the Bruins got the bulk of their big trips out of the way early, leaving them with a manageable schedule for the rest of the season.
The Bruins will play 18 of their final 25 games against Eastern Conference opponents, nine of which will be against divisional opponents. Through the Olympic Break, the Bruins had faired very well against the Eastern Conference, coasting to a 24-12-0 record. Although the Eastern Conference has been kind to Boston, the Atlantic Division has not. The Bruins posted a meager 13-8-0 record against divisional opponents. Things have been rough as of late, with the Bruins losing seven of their last 12 divisional games. They will look to change their fortunes over the next month and a half, further distancing themselves from the pack and locking up the Atlantic Division Title."
The Bruins will face stiff competition over the last 25 games of the regular season. 11 of their final 25 opponents are teams that are currently in a playoff position. Beyond that, eight of the other 14 opponents are within striking distance (four points) of a playoff berth. That leaves just six games against bottom of the barrel competition. On one hand, this is a big challenge for the Bruins. Points will be at a premium and a facing motivated teams on a nightly basis won’t make thing easy for Boston. If you are looking for a positive spin, the Bruins will be battle tested when the playoffs role around in mid-April, having played against hungry teams for the better part of the last month and a half of the regular season. Easy points are always nice, but it might be better to know where you stand when you get to the games that really matter."
It's grinder time, I look forward to this. I really think this Olympic break is going to help the Bs along with how much the young Dcore has gotten to taste NHL games just in case of injury. Got the big road trips out of the way early - another bonus.
Sat Mar 8, 2014 Bruins Lightning
Wed Mar 12, 2014 Bruins Canadiens
Fri Mar 21, 2014 Bruins Avalanche
Mon Mar 24, 2014 Canadiens Bruins
Thu Mar 27, 2014 Blackhawks Bruins
Thu Apr 3, 2014 Bruins Maple Leafs
Fasten your seat belts hosers, it's gonna be a fun ride.