With Saturday’s games in the books, the Bruins’ regular season is done. They won’t take to the ice for game action again until the playoffs begin next week.
However, the regular season itself isn’t quite finished yet, and though the Bruins aren’t playing, Sunday’s game is a huge one: Blue Jackets at Maple Leafs.
By beating Pittsburgh 5-3 on Saturday night, Toronto moved into a tie in points with the Bruins and clinched a playoff berth.
If the Leafs win or lose in overtime or a shootout tomorrow, the Leafs leap into 3rd in the Atlantic; if they lose in regulation, the Bruins get 3rd in the Atlantic.
The Blue Jackets have nothing to play for tomorrow, as they’re locked into a first-round match-up with Pittsburgh and can’t overtake them to get home ice.
They’ve lost five games in a row and are 2-6-2 in their last ten. They’ll likely be without standout rookie defenseman Zach Werenski.
The Leafs, meanwhile, will be playing before a fired-up home crowd and know that a point gets them out of Washington’s way and into a “Battle of Ontario.”
So that’s where things stand:
- A Leafs win will send the Bruins to Washington.
- A Leafs OT or shootout loss will send the Bruins to Washington.
- A Leafs regulation loss will send the Bruins to Ottawa.