The Boston Bruins have a proud history and though they have won six Stanley Cups since 1927, this are in some circles more know for coming up short, has lost 12 Cup Finals in the same length time.
As the Bruins were laboring again this season, they fired head coach Claude Julien and promoted Bruce Cassidy onto the hot seat. With Boston fighting to make playoffs, they responded under Cassidy and were 12-4 SU under his direction from Feb. 4 – Mar. 15.
However, in the days since Boston has lost three straight and remembrances of last year are coming back like previous nightmares for B’s backers.
With goalie Tuukka Rask not sharp and the defense worse, Boston has permitted 14 goals in this losing streak and those making NHL picks are watching closely. They have lost three key contests in March, two to Ottawa, who is just ahead of them in the standings and one to Toronto who is gaining on them.
In theory the Bruins should make the playoffs with seven games on home ice among the nine still on the docket, but they will face top teams like Chicago and Washington, along with three critical battles versus Ottawa and two with Tampa Bay.
The NHL odds still generally favor Boston, but do you really want to back them right now?