An intriguing cross-conference showdown provides NHL fans with an early Christmas present Monday night as the Boston Bruins' game at TD Garden against the Anaheim Ducks will be televised nationally by Versus in the United States and TSN2 in Canada.
Each team currently holds down the eighth and final playoff spot in its respective conference. The Bruins (17-10-4) are four points ahead of the Hurricanes and will be trying to make it back-to-back wins after edging the Capitals on Saturday. The Ducks (17-15-4) have the division rival Kings and Coyotes right on their tail, just one point back, and are looking for their first win in three games.
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday