Bruins vs Senators
Bruins vs Senators Live/ Ottawa Senators vs Boston Bruins/ Senators vs Bruins Live The Boston Bruins are back in the playoffs for the first time in three years, and it’s hard not to feel good about their path to the Stanley Cup. What an odd feeling, though. This is a team that looked done in February when they fired Claude Julien and promoted Bruce Cassidy to head coach. But the Bruins look like a hungry team re-finding its identity.
On the other end of the spectrum is their opponent, the Ottawa Senators. Under new coach Guy Boucher, the Senators enjoyed a strong season with a tighter defensive system than ever before. But they’ve faltered lately, setting up for an intriguing series between two division foes.
What we learned in the season series
Ottawa swept the Bruins in their four divisional games, and two of them were decided by one goal or less. It’s worth noting that three of those games came in March, after the Bruins fired Claude Julien and began turning their season around. Boston never could capitalize on those huge, implication-filled games against the Senators late in the season.
We now turn our focus to the Atlantic Division. These matchups see the top seed Canadiens playing the first Wild Card Rangers and the second seeded Senators going up against the third seeded Bruins.
I personally don’t want any of these four teams to play for the Cup, but let’s take a more objective view.
Among the 16 teams privileged enough to be playing in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, is there any that has received less play in the media than the Ottawa Senators?
For a team that finished second in the Atlantic Division, managing a number of potentially devastating injuries in the process, seemingly no one is giving the Sens a shot in their first-round series with the Boston Bruins. This, despite sweeping the season series with Boston, limiting them to just one even-strength goal in four games.
Still, the folks at theScore, NHL.com and even here at The Hockey Writers, among many other publications, are heavily favouring the Bs in the series. But no matter what the consensus from the experts and armchair GMs may be, the Sens should by no means be the underdog in this series, largely thanks to the strength of their team defence.