Bruins should play nobody in playoffs!

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Bruins should play nobody in playoffs!

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

The Bruins officially clinched a playoff spot in Sundays win over the Filthadelphia Flyers and you would assume fans would be happy. Nope. Instead, theyre arguing about who the Bruins do NOT want to face. Yeah.

Pop on Twitter, Facebook, any Bruins message board, etc and youll see a bunch of this.

The Bruins dont want to face the Canadiens in the first round!

Boston definitely doesnt want to see the Rangers in the first round!

Ummm then who do they want to see? Youre kind of running out of playoff teams here.

Unfortunately for the Bruins and fans alike, they cant simply skip to the Stanley Cup Finals. They have to face SOMEONE in the first road.

If the Rangers and the stupid Canadiens are out, that leaves precious few options here Boston. Here are a few teams the Bruins might want to see in the playoffs.

Tampa Bay Lightning

They currently sit 5th in the Eastern Conference so depending on if they fall in the standings the Bruins might see them.

So why would the Bruins want to see Tampa Bay? Tampa Bay doesnt even have ice like ever so if the Bruins met them in the first round in April their players would be absolutely stunned by the hard slippery water on the playing surface that time of year.

Plus prior to the season everyone labeled Seguin as the next Stamkos without letting the kid even play one game. But if you notice Seguin wears 19 and Stamkos wears 91. Coincidence.or inside man for the Bruins?!?!!?

Buffalo Sabres

Why wouldnt the Bruins want to face Buffalo in the first round? The underdog Bruins beat them in the first round last year, defeating eventual Vezina winner Ryan Miller and making the entire city of Buffalo say a few boo hoos.

Bruins have an advantage over Buffalo for multiple reasons. First, Buffalo is so dumb and boring that their players are half asleep by game time.

Second, their coach, fans and players are constantly crying about everything ever that it is super hard for them to see through all their tears. Ryan Miller cant stop goals with all those tears in his eyes and Lindy Ruff cant coach if hes always blowing his nose. Cry babies. Bruins win.

The Mighty Ducks

The Ducks are a team is disarray. Fulton Reed has been suspended the rest of the season for strangling a fan with his bandana, effectively eliminating the potency of the Bash Brothers.

Adam Banks collided with a turnbuckle against Boston last month and may miss the rest of the season. Or watch a movie and come back. Who knows?

Coach Gordon Bombay has been too busy being cocky, buying new suits and taking out girls from Iceland to form an effective game plan. The Ducks are.sitting ducks!

California Seals

They dont exist anymore. A team that doesnt exist is really, really easy to beat.

Though clubbing seals is generally frowned upon so PETA might get on the Bruins if this happens. Oh well.

No matter who the Bruins face, were sure theyll be fine. I mean, theyre due for a championship right? RIGHT?!?!!?

Rask: Last season 'something to rebound from' personally

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Rask: Last season 'something to rebound from' personally

BRIGHTON, Mass. – While David Pastrnak, Tuukka Rask and David Backes are back from competing in the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, that doesn’t mean you’ll see those players on the ice over the next couple of days. Perhaps the trio will practice on Monday in the fourth on-ice session at main training camp, but Bruins GM Don Sweeney confirmed that none of those returning players will suit up against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the B’s preseason debut at TD Garden on Monday night.

“Yeah…absolutely,” said Sweeney when asked if those three players have been ruled out for Monday night. “They’re going to get through the weekend here. Next week, we’ll evaluate [them] when they get on the ice. But, all those guys will not be on the ice until next week.

“It might be case-by-case for each guy. Those guys have been playing for a while at a high level. It’s unique for David Backes coming into the organization, so he’d like to integrate himself. I talked yesterday with all three of them just to get a read of where they’re at. But, sometime first of next week, they’ll be on [the ice].”

Both Pastrnak and Rask have checked in with the Bruins media over the last couple of days after returning from Toronto, and the Bruins goaltender, in particular, has plenty of motivation coming off a down statistical season. The 2.56 goals against average and .915 save percentage were well below his career numbers, and people like B’s President Cam Neely have pointed to Rask as somebody that needs to have a better season for Boston to rebound back into the playoffs this year.

“There were a couple of years where the standards pretty high, so obviously when they go down there’s something to rebound from. You kind of know where you can be. That’s where I try to be every year and I’m working on being there this year, and taking us to the playoffs and moving forward,” said Rask. “But every year is a new year where you’ve got to work hard, and set your goals to be at your best. More often than not you hope [being at your best] is going to happen, and I hope this year is going to be a great year for us.”

Clearly Rask wasn’t alone in his struggles last season behind a mistake-prone defense that allowed plenty of Grade chances, and that could be a repeating phenomenon again this season for the Bruins unless the defense is substantially upgraded along the way.

As far as the other three B’s players still taking part in the World Cup, it could be a while for Patrice and Brad Marchand as Team Canada has advanced to the final best-of-three series that could also feature Zdeno Chara if Team Europe is victorious.