After a much needed All-Star Break / Bye Week, the Bruins got back in action Friday night with a hard-fought win against the Jets in Winnipeg, followed by a convincing win against the Wild the next night. Those two wins are a great way to start a busy remaining regular season, as the B’s will be 31 games over the next 63 days.
With the standings at the top of the Atlantic tightening up, the month of February will be a big one if the Bruins are going to take home a division title in early April.
Here’s a rundown of what the Bruins schedule will look like in February:
8 Road Games / 6 Home Games
9 Games vs. Western Conference Teams / 5 Game vs. Eastern Conference teams
Toughest Stretch: Western Canada Tour - EDM (Feb 19) CGY (Feb 21) VAN (Feb 22)
February 12th - Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins
It’s always fun to play the Habs.
Despite Montreal’s recent struggles, they usually seem to rise to the occasion to play tough against the Boston Bruins. Case in point, the Habs’ 5-4 victory over the Bruins in early November, when the Bruins were rolling.
Montreal is really bad, so this should be an easy two points for Boston, but we’re all aware of the B’s tendency to play down to their competition.
Something to watch: Could this be the last time we see Julien behind the Canadiens bench? There are rumours in Montreal that he’s lost the dressing room.
February 19th - Boston Bruins at Edmonton Oilers
Two words: Connor McDavid. For my money, McDavid is the most exciting player to watch in the NHL every night. He seems to blow minds every night with ridiculous speed and hands. McDavid has led the Oilers back to playoff contention in the West.
The Bruins will look for revenge from January 4, when they lost to the Oilers at home by a score of 4-1.
Feb 22nd - Boston Bruins at Vancouver Canucks
If you can stay up for this one, you probably won’t be disappointed. Firstly, Canucks fans are not over 2011, and Brad Marchand loves rubbing this fact in.
Second, the Canucks are quietly becoming one of the most exciting teams to watch.
Elias Petterson is full of talent and just fun to watch, and Hughes (not Jack, Quinn) looks a lot like a certain diminutive Bruins d-man on the PP: Torey Krug.
This game will present a tough challenge for the Bruins as it’s the 3rd in 4 nights and the end of their Western Canada road trip.
Feb 27th - Dallas Stars at Boston Bruins
Our old buddy Tyler Seguin comes back to Boston, with a much better team than the Bruins faced way back in Game 1 of the 2019-20 season. With any luck we may also see Anton Khudobin, who despite looking awkward as usual in net, but is one of the best back-ups again this year (SV% .927 GAA 2.30).
At this point in the month, fans will hope the B’s have got some serious momentum going as the following week sees Boston match-up with the Lightning for two crucial Atlantic Division battles.
Asie from the on-ice action, the month of February also has another event that Bruins fans will be watching very closely: the NHL Trade Deadline on the 24th.
The games this month are obviously important for the Bruins; however no day may be more significant in determining how this season ends than deadline day.
Will the Bruins go all-in or stand pat with the team the currently have? Will they add some toughness or that 2RW fans have been screaming for?
The games mentioned above and how the Bruins perform this month will go a long way toward determining what the team chooses to do at the deadline.