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Can the Bruins Beat the Bye Week Blues?

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After a week off, the Bruins return to the ice

NHL: Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bruins hockey returns after the team’s mandated bye week, which could be good or bad news depending on how one looks at the situation.

Good news: Bruins hockey is back!

Bad news: Teams coming off their bye week in February hold a record of 0-8-1. Oof.

After the Bruins caught fire by winning three straight with Bruce Cassidy at the helm, the team begins play again mired in a West Coast road trip. The team will battle the San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, and Dallas Stars before returning to Boston.

In a pivotal point in the season where every point matters, the Bruins currently cling onto the second wild-card spot. Therefore, this road trip could serve as a make-or-break point in the season.

A hot start to the trip, where the team plays rested instead of rusty, is instrumental in staying in the playoff picture.