With the final week of the NHL regular season comes plenty of excitement and drama. And the Bruins find themselves right in the thick of it all, as the Bruins are fighting with Detroit and Philadelphia for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins do not control their own destiny. Below are the scenarios in which the B's can qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs:
If the Bruins defeat Ottawa Saturday, they could earn the final Atlantic Division spot with a Detroit loss in either regulation or overtime/shootout. They could also earn the second wild card spot if Philadelphia loses one of their final two games in regulation or overtime/shootout.
If the Bruins defeat Ottawa in regulation Saturday and Detroit beats the Rangers in a shootout, the two teams would be tied with 95 points and 39 regulation/overtime wins each. However, the Bruins would own the next tiebreaker (season series, 3-1) and would earn the final Atlantic Division playoff spot.
If the Bruins lose in regulation against Ottawa Saturday, they could only qualify for the postseason through the final wild card spot, and would need Philadelphia to lose both of their final two games (including at least one in regulation).
If the Bruins lose in overtime or a shootout, they could earn the final Atlantic Division spot if the Red Wings also lose in regulation to the Rangers. They could also qualify through the second wild card spot if Philadelphia loses one of their final two games in regulation or loses both of their final two games in overtime/shootout.
To summarize: If the Bruins defeat the Senators on Saturday and either Philadelphia or Detroit loses, the Bruins will qualify for the postseason.
Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins: Saturday, April 9, 12:30 p.m.
Detroit Red Wings at New York Rangers: Saturday, April 9, 12:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers: Saturday, April 9, 3:00 p.m.
Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders: Sunday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.
STAT OF THE WEEK:
Loui Eriksson scored his 30th goal of the season in Thursday’s 5-2 win vs. Detroit to join Brad Marchand (37) and Patrice Bergeron (30) in the 30-goal club. This is the first year in which three Bruins have posted 30 goals in a single season since 2002-03, when Glen Murray (44), Joe Thornton (36) and Mike Knuble (30) all reached that mark. Boston and Dallas (Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza) are the only two teams in the NHL to have three 30-goal scorers this season.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK:
“No matter what the situations are at this time of the year, there are no easy games. There’s a lot of pride. There are a lot of players playing for jobs. There’s a lot of reasons for every team to want to win hockey games, and no doubt, if I was in their shoes, I’d say, ‘Let’s finish on a winning note here.’ So a lot of reasons for them to be motivated for this and hopefully a lot more reasons for us to be motivated for it.”
-Head Coach Claude Julien on the regular season finale vs. Ottawa
TWEET OF THE WEEK (WEEK 30):
@HackswithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com): The North End line of Vatrano-Acciari-Ferraro living up to their Italian Stallion heritage tonight. Been effective and energetic for Bruins
@tseguinofficial (Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars): Little bit of a weird thing to say but come on Bruins!
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Octopi 2, Red Wings 1.
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Stout defense through 40. Only one Grade-A chance allowed. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of layers.
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): After I explained to Chris Kelly who Willis Reed is, he confirmed he will not have a Willis Reed moment & play for #Bruins tonight.
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): I wish they overturned #Bruins goal to get Jack & Brick's reaction. And then said April Fool's.
2015-16 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com), Week 6, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 16, Week 18, Week 19, Week 26
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPNBoston.com), Week 2, Week 7, Week 13, Week 17, Week 27
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Week 1, Week 5, Week 29
@RealJackEdwards (Jack Edwards, NESN), Week 3, Week 14, Week 24
@ZackCoxNESN (Zack Cox, NESN), Week 21, Week 28
@GlobeKPD (Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe): Week 20, Week 22
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), Week 4
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, HockeyBuzz), Week 11
@MickColageo (Mick Colageo, New Bedford Standard Times), Week 12
@BobWCVB (Bob Halloran, WCVB): Week 15
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe): Week 23
@A_Merritt (Andy Merritt, NEHJ): Week 25
@HackswithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com): Week 30
Episode 5 of Bruins Academy is expected to air Saturday, April 9, after the game against Ottawa. In this episode you can watch Matt Beleskey answer questions from young fans, get to know prospect Colton Hargrove, David Pastrnak discusses his draft experience, an NHL linesman explains faceoffs, Jamie Benn checks in from Dallas and the Bruins sing karaoke. The series is a fast-paced, educational, Black & Gold-themed program created for youth who love the game of hockey. One 30-minute episode will air per month on NESN, and the first four episodes can be viewed on www.BostonBruins.com and on the Bruins mobile app.
Watch Episode 4: https://www.nhl.com/bruins/video/bruins-academy-s1-episode-4/t-277463860/c-42480103
BEHIND THE B:
To catch up on Episodes 1–12 of Behind the B presented by ALEX AND ANI, head to www.bostonbruins.com/behindtheb. There is just one final episode left in this season’s series, which is narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native Denis Leary. Go to the Bruins website to see the latest episode, in which Lee Stempniak and Loui Eriksson are mic’d up, Claude Julien receives a special gift and the rookies bond in L.A.
Watch Episode 12: https://www.nhl.com/bruins/video/behind-the-b-season-3-episode-12/t-277437088/c-43096403
Remaining Behind the B Season 3 Air Dates on NESN:
Episode 13: Monday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.
*Air dates and times are subject to change
GUSTAVSSON NOMINATED FOR BILL MASTERTON MEMORIAL TROPHY:
The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is an annual award under the trusteeship of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and is given to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. The winner is selected in a poll of all chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season. A grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minn., in the name of the Masterton Trophy winner. The trophy was presented by the NHL Writers' Association in 1968 to commemorate the late William Masterton, a player for the Minnesota North Stars, who exhibited, to a high degree, the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Masterton died on Jan. 15, 1968, after an injury sustained during a game. It was first awarded following the 1967–68 regular season. The Boston chapter of the PHWA (Professional Hockey Writers Association) voted for Jonas Gustavsson as the nominee for the Bruins, and three finalists from the 30 NHL nominees will be present at the NHL Awards this summer where a final winner for the Masterton Trophy will be recognized. Gustavsson, who battled a health scare earlier this season, has appeared in 22 games this year and is 11-7-1 with one shutout and a 2.63 GAA.
SHIRTS OFF OUR BACKS EVENT AND FOUNDATION RAFFLE:
In an effort to thank fans for their continued support throughout the 2015-2016 season, the Boston Bruins will host “Fan Appreciation Day” on Saturday, April 9 when the Bruins take on the Senators at 12:30 p.m. Immediately following the Bruins/Senators matchup, Bruins players will remain on the ice and hand the “Shirts off their Backs” to fans that were chosen at random throughout the game. Each of these lucky fans will receive a sealed envelope containing the name of a current Bruins player they will receive the game-worn jersey from. Additionally, fans can enter a raffle on the Bruins website for a chance to receive two tickets to the game and take part in the “Shirts Off Our Backs” on-ice ceremony. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation. For more information, please visit the “Off the Ice & Around Town” section in the Week Ahead.
BOSTON BRUINS PROSPECT PAGE:
The Boston Bruins have created a page solely dedicated to prospects in the Bruins organization. Keep up with the latest news, read in-depth features and find all of their schedules and statistics at: www.BostonBruins.com/prospects. Read the latest feature on forward Danton Heinen, who helped lead Denver University to a berth in the Frozen Four: http://bruins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=877531
AHL HONORS CZARNIK, GRIFFITH & VATRANO:
Forwards Seth Griffith and Frank Vatrano were named AHL First-Team All-Stars on Thursday, while Vatrano and Austin Czarnik were selected to the AHL All-Rookie Team on Wednesday. Griffith is tied for the AHL lead in assists this season with 45 in 51 games, Vatrano leads the league in goals with 33 in just 33 games, and Czarnik is second among all rookies in scoring with 56 points (16 goals, 40 assists) in 62 games.
BRUINS ON SOCIAL:
If you don’t already, be sure to follow the Boston Bruins on all social channels:
Facebook: Boston Bruins
ECHOSTOR GOALS FOR CHARITY:
For every goal the Bruins score during the 2015-16 season, EchoStor will donate $100 to the Boston Bruins Foundation. To date, EchoStor has raised $23,900 for the Bruins Foundation.
2016-17 GAME PLAN DEPOSITS:
Boston Bruins Game Plans offer a selection of games throughout the season along with great Game Plan Holder benefits. Place a $100 per seat deposit to secure a Game Plan for the 2016-17 season. To place your deposit or explore the benefits of a B’s Game Plan, visit www.BostonBruins.com/GamePlans.
2016-17 GROUP TICKET DEPOSITS:
Gather your group and place a $200 group ticket deposit for the 2016-17 season for a truly unique fan experience. Boston Bruins Group Tickets offer a wide variety of options to suit your group’s specific needs. To place a Group Ticket Deposit head to www.BostonBruins.com/Groups.
FREE SHIPPING & PIN AT BOSTONPROSHOP.COM:
On Fan Appreciation Day, Saturday, April 9, make any purchase at www.BostonProShop.com and receive a free Boston Bruins Hockey Club pin, valued at $10, and free shipping! Use Code: FANFREESHIP at checkout. Offer code FANFREESHIP valid for online orders placed using Ground Shipping only, must use code at checkout.
SHOP THE PROSHOP POWERED BY REEBOK’S SPRING COLLECTION:
Welcome in spring by shopping the latest arrivals of Bruins apparel at the ProShop powered by Reebok. Check out the newest arrivals of B’s gear, including hats, t-shirts, hoodies and more, available at the ProShop powered by Reebok located on Level 2 of TD Garden and on www.BostonProShop.com.
2016 STANLEY CUP® PLAYOFFS ON SALE NOW:
Secure your seats for Round 1 of the 2016 Stanley Cup® Playoffs. Individual game tickets and single game suite rentals for home games one, two, three and four of Round 1 are on sale now. To purchase your Playoffs tickets now visit www.BostonBruins.com/Tickets.
BRUINS LAST MINUTE PASS:
The Bruins will be releasing select tickets starting at just $50 on game days. The only way to get immediate access to these seats is to sign up for Bruins Last Minute Pass, text back YES, and you’ll be the first to receive this special offer via text on game days. To get on the list, visit www.BostonBruins.com/pass.
LIMITED INDIVIDUAL TICKETS AVAILABLE:
Be part of the live action of Boston Bruins hockey during the final home game of the 2015-16 regular season on Saturday, April 9 against the Ottawa Senators at 12:30 p.m. at TD Garden. Limited individual game tickets are available now. To purchase tickets visit www.BostonBruins.com/tickets.
DENNA LAING & BOSTON BRUINS CHARITY KNIT HAT:
Show your support for Denna Laing with a Denna Laing & Boston Bruins Charity Knit Hat featuring the Bruins 2016 NHL Winter Classic logo and Denna’s number, 24. All net proceeds will benefit the Denna Laing Fund. To place your order, visit www.BostonProShop.com or stop by the ProShop powered by Reebok on Level 2 of TD Garden.
APRIL VACATION MINI CAMP:
The Boston Bruins and Pro Ambitions have teamed up to host the second annual Boston Bruins April Vacation Mini Camp, taking place at Phillips Academy’s Harrison Rink in Andover, MA from April 19-21. To register or to learn more, visit www.BostonBruins.com/YouthHockey.
BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES:
Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has been confirmed as a weekly call-in guest with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Scott Zolak and Marc Bertrand (Zo and Bertrand), which airs weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adam McQuaid will be a regular guest on 100.7 WZLX with Kevin Karlson and Pete McKenzie (Karlson & McKenzie), which airs weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Kevan Miller will be calling in to 98.5 The Sports Hub with Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb (Toucher and Rich). The show airs weekdays 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Call-in days and times are dependent upon the B’s schedule.
UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE:
NESN’s Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Sarah Davis will be covering the Bruins’ upcoming matchup against the Ottawa Senators on April 9. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
4/9 vs. Ottawa Senators, 12:30 p.m. – NESN+, 98.5 The Sports Hub
OFF THE ICE & AROUND TOWN…
SHIRTS OFF OUR BACKS
WHAT: In an effort to thank fans for their continued support throughout the 2015-2016 season, the Boston Bruins will host “Fan Appreciation Day” on Saturday, April 9 when the Bruins take on the Senators at 12:30 p.m. Immediately following the Bruins/Senators matchup, Bruins players will remain on the ice and hand the “Shirts off their Backs” to fans that were chosen at random throughout the game. Each of these lucky fans will receive a sealed envelope containing the name of a current Bruins player they will receive the game-worn jersey from.
WHEN: Saturday, April 9, 2016 during the Bruins vs. Senators game.
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE & MEDIA AVAILABILITY
-Schedule is subject to change
-(Ristuccia Arena, 190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887) (TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-All times are local to where the practice or game is taking place
-Practices at Ristuccia Arena are open to the public
Saturday, April 9 (Boston, MA)
-Game vs. Ottawa Senators, 12:30 p.m.
Boston’s power play is ranked seventh in the NHL, going 48-for-230 (20.9%). The Bruins’ penalty kill is 82.2%, good for 11th best in the league. Currently, the Bruins are tied for first in the NHL in shorthanded goals against with only two in 81 games. They are ranked seventh in shorthanded goals for with nine in 81 games.
2015-16 STATISTICAL LEADERS
1. B. Marchand, 37
2. P. Bergeron, 32
3. L. Eriksson, 30
4. L. Stempniak, 19
5. D. Krejci, 17
1. D. Krejci, 46
2. T. Krug, 40
T3. P. Bergeron, 36
T3. R. Spooner, 36
5. L. Eriksson, 33
1. P. Bergeron, 68
T2. L. Eriksson, 63
T2. D. Krejci, 63
4. B. Marchand, 60
5. L. Stempniak, 51
1. B. Marchand, +21
T2. L. Eriksson, +16
T2. K. Miller, +16
T4. P. Bergeron, +14
T4. Z. Chara, +14
1. B. Marchand, 90
T2. A. McQuaid, 89
T2. Z. Rinaldo, 83
4. Z. Chara, 71
5. M. Beleskey, 65
-Patrice Bergeron is ranked 17th in individual scoring with 32+36=68 totals, 12th in goals with 32, 12th in power play goals with 12 and seventh in shots with 278.
-Brad Marchand is ranked fifth in the NHL in goals with 37, fourth in shorthanded goals with four and fourth in shorthanded points with six.
-David Krejci is tied for first in shorthanded assists with three.
-Ryan Spooner is tied for first in the NHL in shootout game-deciding goals with three.
-Loui Eriksson is ranked tenth in shooting percentage with 16.7%.
-Torey Krug is ranked 20th in individual scoring amongst defensemen with 4+40=44 totals.
10/8 vs. WPG: Joonas Kemppainen
10/10 vs. MTL: Colin Miller
10/14 @ COL: Tommy Cross
10/14 @ COL: Tyler Randell
11/7 @ MTL: Frank Vatrano
3/1 vs. CGY: Noel Acciari
First NHL Goal
10/14 @ COL: Tyler Randell
10/23 @ NYI: Joonas Kemppainen
11/3 vs. DAL: Colin Miller
11/7 @ MTL: Frank Vatrano
First NHL Assist
10/14 @ COL: Colin Miller
11/23 @ TOR: Landon Ferraro
11/25 @ DET: Frank Vatrano
12/5 @ VAN: Joe Morrow
12/29 vs. OTT: Torey Krug 100th NHL point
2/20 at DAL: Patrice Bergeron 600th NHL point
2/13 at MIN: Loui Eriksson 200th NHL goal
-David Krejci named third star of the month for October
-Brad Marchand named first star of the week for the week ending November 1
-Brad Marchand named third star of the week for the week ending February 14
Games Played Milestone
-Zdeno Chara played in his 1,200th NHL game on 10/23 at NYI
-Kevan Miller played in his 100th NHL game on 11/5 at WSH
-Adam McQuaid played in his 300th NHL game on 11/17 vs. SJS
-Dennis Seidenberg played in his 700th NHL game on 11/17 vs. SJS
-Brad Marchand played in his 400th NHL game on 12/5 at VAN
-Jimmy Hayes played his 200th NHL game on 12/26 vs. BUF
-Torey Krug played in his 200th NHL game on 1/11 at NYR
-Ryan Spooner played in his 100th NHL game on 1/16 vs. TOR
-Tuukka Rask played in his 300th NHL game on 1/21 vs. VAN
-Loui Eriksson played in his 700th NHL game on 2/16 at COL
-David Krejci played in his 600th NHL game on 2/20 at DAL
-Patrice Bergeron played in his 800th NHL game on 2/26 at CAR
-Matt Beleskey played in his 400th NHL game on 3/19 at LAK
NHL All-Star Team
-Patrice Bergeron named to the 2016 NHL All-Star Team
-Head Coach Claude Julien coached his 900th game on 1/8 at NJD
-Head Coach Claude Julien won his 500th NHL game on 2/13 at MIN
-Head Coach Claude Julien passed Art Ross for the most wins in Bruins history (388) on 3/7 at FLA
-The Boston Bruins recorded their 3,000th win as a franchise on 1/8 at NJD