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Who will the Bruins play in the second round?

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Tampa Bay is the most likely opponent.

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The Bruins brushed aside the Carolina Hurricanes today, punching their ticket to the second round of the Bizarro World Playoffs.

Unlike recent years, the playoffs will be “re-seeded” after each round, meaning the bracket-style playoffs that saw the Bruins play the Leafs every year forever and ever are temporarily a thing of the past.

As a result, things are up in the air when it comes to who the Bruins will play in the second round, though one opponent is certainly more likely than any others.

At this point, the most likely opponent is the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa entered the playoffs as the #2 seed, with the Bruins as the #4 seed.

Tampa eliminated Columbus earlier today, so they’re through to the second round.

With Philadelphia and the New York Islanders both holding commanding leads in their series, Tampa looms as the likely opponent.

Here are some scenarios for you:

Flyers beat Canadiens, Islanders beat Capitals

  • The Bruins (#4) would play the Lightning (#2) in the second round.

Flyers beat Canadiens, Capitals beat Islanders

  • The Bruins (#4) would play the Flyers (#1) in the second round.

Canadiens beat Flyers, Islanders beat Capitals

  • The Bruins (#4) would play the Islanders (#6) in the second round.

Canadiens beat Flyers, Capitals beat Islanders

  • The Bruins (#4) would play the Capitals (#3) in the second round.

Again, with the Islanders and Flyers both up 3-1 in their series, we’re looking at like a 90% chance of seeing Tampa in the second round.

Still, stranger things have happened, so...we’ll see!