TheNHL announced all of their playoff dates and times for the first roundof the Stanley Cup playoffs set to begin Wednesday, and theBruinsCanadiens series will begin at TD Garden on Thursday night --and will also include a pair of "off days" in Montreal where the B'sare likely to fly back to Boston for practice days rather than stickaround in Quebec.
Here are the dates and times for the 33rd meetingbetween the Habs and Bruins in their long rivalrly:
Thursday, April 14Montreal at Boston7 p.m.
Saturday, April 16 Montreal at Boston
7 p.m.Monday, April 18 Boston at Montreal 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 21 Boston at Montreal
Saturday, April 23 xMontreal at Boston7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 26 xBoston at Montreal TBA Wednesday, April 27
xMontreal at BostonTBA
The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.
It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.
Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.
The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.