After a season of splitting goaltending duties to keep them rested for the playoffs, Bruce Cassidy knew several months off had cut into that well-planned advantage for the Boston Bruins. With the back-to-back in his first-round series against Carolina set for Games 5 and 6 more than a week away, Cassidy figured his staff could ''cross that bridge when we come to it'' on how to handle the workload. Then, the five-overtime marathon between Tampa Bay and Columbus on Tuesday pushed Game 1 of Carolina-Boston back to Wednesday and created another back-to-back dilemma.
They’re built to win right now. It’s a big challenge for our hockey club. We’re excited about playing them, though.
I think it’s great news. As Colorado begins its championship quest under glass in the NHL’s bubble, a franchise that’s won only a single playoff series during the past 11 years has been established as the 5/1 favorite to win the Cup by BetOnLine oddsmakers. Are the Avs ready for their close up?