Well, it’s that time of year again. The Stanley Cup playoffs begin tonight while the Bruins have another day to prepare for the Toronto Maple Leafs as they start Thursday.
The Stanley Cup playoffs are the most exciting playoffs in sports. The back and forth, non-stop action is addicting. Any team can come out on top, it doesn’t really matter what seed you are. Every game matters, which means I will be watching every single playoff game these playoffs.
Now that’s out of the way, dialing into the Bruins and Maple Leafs series because that’s all we really care about for us Bostonians. The TD Garden will be bumping come Thursday night.
However, This series is going to be WILD. This is series is going 7-games, no doubt. Do not overlook the Maple Leafs here. Their young, fast, and can put the puck in the net. Believe me, I wanted the Bruins to steal that number 1-seed from the Tampa Bay Lighting to get the New Jersey Devils first round. But that didn’t happen.
The Leafs as a team finished 4th in the league in goals for. They can score. They have three 30-goal scorers on their roster in James van Riemsdyk (36), Auston Matthews (34), and Nazem Kadri (32). The Bruins defensive core without Brandon Carlo will have their hands full with these fast forwards. Let’s not forget about Mitch Marner either, he had 22-goals himself along with 47-assists.
But let’s also look at the Bruins, this team came out of nowhere this year. This team finished with 50-wins this year. The Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak is one of the best lines in hockey. Rick Nash plans to be back on that second line to complete the DeBrusk-Krejci-Nash line that worked so well before Nash went down.
The Bruins did not fare well against the Maple Leafs this seasons losing 3 of 4 regular-season games this season. The Leafs have always had the Bruins number for some weird reason. Although, the playoff atmosphere is different and this Bruins team has a perfect championship mix of veterans and young guys, along with home-ice advantage too (For this series).
This is no roll-over series, the Maple Leafs are no joke. Their speedsters and snipers are going to be a lot to handle for the Bs. It is going to be quite an exciting series come Thursday night.
This is not the same team that the Bruins played in 2013. There are only 5 players on this Leafs roster that was on the 2013 squad. It often gets overlooked of how tight that series between the 2 because of that historic meltdown they had 10-minutes left in the 3rd-period in game 7.
If the Bruins play the way have in some stretches of the season where they were absolutely dominant, this should be a favorable matchup for them. Toronto’s defensive core is very shaky outside their top d-man, Morgan Reilly. The top lines for the Bruins will be able to capitalize along with the veteran leadership that the Leafs lack is another advantage for the Bs.
As the Bruins look almost fully healthy (except for Carlo) coming into the playoffs, they look primed for a deep Stanley Cup run.
Prediction: Bruins in 7.
Photo: Boston Herald