Friday, March 18, 2011

The Bruins' Magic Number is 9

The Bruins have a magic number of 9 to clinch a playoff spot and 20 to clinch the division.
Games coming up:
71Sat, Mar 19, 2011@Toronto Maple Leafs.500
72Tue, Mar 22, 2011vNew Jersey Devils.500
73Thu, Mar 24, 2011vMontreal Canadiens.599
74Sat, Mar 26, 2011vNew York Rangers.549
75Sun, Mar 27, 2011@Philadelphia Flyers.671
76Tue, Mar 29, 2011vChicago Blackhawks.592
77Thu, Mar 31, 2011vToronto Maple Leafs.500
78Sat, Apr 2, 2011vAtlanta Thrashers.507
79Mon, Apr 4, 2011@New York Rangers.549
80Wed, Apr 6, 2011vNew York Islanders.458
81Sat, Apr 9, 2011vOttawa Senators.430
82Sun, Apr 10, 2011@New Jersey Devils.500
Seems simple enough, right? Right. A combined points percentage of .532 or so for upcoming opponents. Not bad but beatable.

Well except for the Devils x2, Flyers, Blackhawk, and maybe Rangers. I'm pretty sure they'll make it. It's time to bring up Horton and Campbell, who combined for 0 playoff games with Florida, and said this about it back in June when they came to the Bruins:
"I watched the playoffs pretty closely and it's not fun ending your season in April," Campbell said. "I follow it closely and you kind of get a taste of what it's like to play, but it's not close to being in one of those arenas."
"As a player, that's the best part of playing hockey, getting to the playoffs," Horton said. "You don't make them for seven years, it's too long and it can't happen. The Bruins organization [missing the playoffs] just doesn't happen and it's exciting for me to come and be a part of it.
(Both from Joe MacDonald's piece for ESPN back then.)

A quick look back over the last 2 years, the Bruins' 88 points are 11 points behind 08-09. With 2 more wins, the Bruins will pass last year's point total. They're on pace for over 100 points, to boot.

Anyhow, yeah, I'm looking forward to it. There's little better than live playoff hockey.