P.K. Subban’s Nashville Predators are playing in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Marc Bergevin’s Montreal Canadiens are not. From a Canadiens’ perspective, the main on-ice argument for the Subban-for-Shea Weber trade was that it would benefit Montreal in the short term, given that the 31-year-old Weber still had a few effective years in him.
Bruce Boudreau’s philosophy on the Stanley Cup Playoffs is that the best team usually wins each series. This might sound petulant, coming from a coach whose team was dispatched in the first round in five games after a 106-point season, going from 3.31 goals per game in the regular season to 1.60 against the Blues. “Seriously?” Boudreau answered, dumbfounded, when asked about the offensive struggles.
Just a couple of weeks after Torey Krug went down with a lower body injury that had him in a knee brace and crutches leaving the TD Garden, the Bruins top puck-moving defenseman began his road back to recovery with some skating on the ice. It was clear Krug was making progress when he traveled with the rest of the Bruins to Ottawa for Friday nights Game 5, and now one has to wonder if he can somehow be a factor at the end of this first round series against the Senators.