WILMINGTON, Mass. — There are plenty of things for the Boston Bruins to accomplish over the next week while they wait for their Eastern Conference semifinal opponent to be determined and then for the series to start.
First, they can heal up and make sure everyone is healthy after an extremely physical four-game first-round series with Montreal. Second, they can continue to fine tune their game and make sure they continue to execute their system to the best of their abilities.
And they can also take some time to be both fans and scouts.
Winger Chuck Kobasew is one Bruins player who said he loves to watch playoff hockey on television. But it’s not just a recreational activity for him.
“It’s a good time of year to be a fan and watch the games. There are teams that we still have a chance to play, so we ought to watch them and see how they’re doing,” he said today after the Bruins practiced at Ristuccia Arena. “You want to see stuff you can pick up on them and use to your advantage.”
Forward Milan Lucic said that no matter who’s playing, he’s watching. And defenseman Shane Hnidy is just flat-out wowed by some of the other series.
“I love watching playoff hockey. It’s hard-fought out there; it really is,” Hnidy said. “And as you can see, it’s hard to pick a winner. Everybody’s competing at their top level and there’s some great series going.”
We might not know the Bruins’ next opponent for a week. All we know now is that it could be Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Carolina or the New York Rangers. So does that put the Bruins at a disadvantage?
“For us as a team, all along we focused on what we want to do on the ice and that’s kind of what we’ve got the week for here to do,” Hnidy said.
Winger Michael Ryder echoed those sentiments.
“I don’t think it’s tough. We’re just happy now to get a little break and get the first round over with. We’re happy with how we played and now we’ve just got to make sure we practice hard,” said the Bruins’ first-round offensive star. “And whoever it is, we’ve just got to make sure we’re ready for it.”