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Bruins, Habs fail to improve Northeast Division title odds

Apr 23, 2013, 11:04 PM EDT

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Both the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens faced an alluring proposition on Tuesday: they had the chance to improve their odds of winning the Northeast Division title by beating up on non-playoff teams. Each squad failed.

The Bruins lost to the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 while the Canadiens fell short of a comeback against the New Jersey Devils, ultimately falling 3-2.

Despite the score differences, one can quibble over which loss was worse. The Flyers have been playing better lately, as this marks their fourth win in five games. On the other hand, the Devils are closer to full strength with Ilya Kovalchuk back in the lineup.

Either way, those defeats represent missed opportunities. Check out the two teams’ remaining schedules:

Boston

Thursday: home vs. Tampa Bay
Saturday: at Washington
Sunday: home vs. Ottawa

Montreal

Thursday: at Winnipeg
Saturday: at Toronto

The Bruins have that extra game in hand while the Habs have one extra regulation/overtime win (24 to Boston’s 23).

Depending upon how things shake out, Montreal’s season-ending Saturday game against the Maple Leafs might just be a playoff preview.

  1. thebadguyswon - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    With Price a basket case right now, the Habs are done in one round.

  2. 8man - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    Bruins are listless and flat. They appear error prone and uninterested. Hideous to watch. The only team that looked playoff ready in that game last night wore orange.

    • drewzducks - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      Perfect assessment not only of last night but the majority of their season

      • 8man - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:33 PM

        You are too kind. I dunno what to think. I hope they snap out of it. Part of me thinks there is something dark in the locker room like what happened to the Red Sox two years ago. It’s like watching zombies skate. At least compared to what they were doing in January.

  3. nosefacekillah - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Two teams slumping at the wrong time. Montreal had been playing above expectations for most of the year while the Bruins have played below. All that goes out the window next week.

    Price needs to get his confidence back. He is a great goalie and can carry the team for long stretches when he is on.

    The Bruins need Lucic and Horton to show some flashes of the physical play that made them one of the league most feared line. They have morphed into the Sedins but with cement hands. Soft play, no finesse.

    Which team turns in on for the playoffs? I like Bostons chances better as the playoffs ratchet up the physical play while the pressure on the goalie only increases. But I don’t expect either team to go far. Too many good teams slotted below them.

  4. kanuckinnyc - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    As a Habs fan it is gut wrenching to see them play so bad at this stage in the season. The defence is always a step behind the plays. They seem to lose focus when there is a scamble in front of their net and forget to cover an open forward from the other team.

    I think both the Habs and the Bruins are physically and mentally spent! That was a rough season for both. The Habs played above expectation which meant playing hard and fast each game, and the Bruins played their usual physical style. Add the injuries and now they are both paying the price.

    Look at teams like the Islanders and the Caps; they played this short season like it was a marathon, not a sprint.

    • blackfoot11 - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      The Isles could get the 5th slot if the ‘Leafs stumble. The two games in Florida will be telling, as I see the Isles winning there last two.

  5. kingjoffrey19 - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    both of these teams should be watching out for the Leafs. With 3 games left against the Lightning, Panthers and Canadiens, that game on Saturday may be more than just a playoff preview, it could end up being a battle for home ice in the PLAYOFFS!

    GO LEAFS GO!

    • nosefacekillah - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Nice to see the Leafs relevant again. It like seeing your ugly little sister invited to the school dance.

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