BOSTON (CBS) — With just four games to go in the regular season, the Boston Bruins sit atop the NHL standings with every other team looking up.
While Boston has begun to rest some of their veterans, they still don’t know who they’ll be facing come the first round of the playoffs. The Bruins will play the lowest wild card winner, and if the postseason began today it would be the Columbus Blue Jackets coming to the TD Garden. But the eight-seed in the Eastern Conference likely won’t be decided until the regular season comes to and end, with the New Jersey Devils and Toronto Maple Leafs both fighting for the final spot.
98.5 The Sports Hub’s Bruins analyst Bob Beers joined Steve Burton on Sunday night’s Sports Final on WBZ-TV to talk about potential playoff opponents for the Bruins, and some issues that may come with the matchups.
“You’ll get struggles in a number of different ways, and the last few years we’ve seen that play out where it’s taken them seven games to get out of the first round,” said Beers. “No matter who they play there will be different circumstances that are difficult for them.”
“People ask who I’d like to see them play, and I have a different perspective on that. I’d like to see them play the Flyers, because when you play a team like Philadelphia there is that built-in hatred right away “There won’t be a feeling-out process like a team you have no history with, like a Columbus.”
“You’ll have that built-in hatred and the physical style of play where Philly comes right at you, and the Bruins seem to be better against teams like,” said Beers. “It really gets them into the game right from the start.”
The Flyers are currently sixth in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the Detroit Red Wings and two behind the New York Rangers.
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