No one is going to confuse this current stretch of Boston Bruins games with a playoff series. When the Bruins hit the TD Banknorth Garden ice with the Tampa Bay Lightning, it’ll be the third game in a stretch of six of seven contests against teams with losing records.
The Bruins to this point have managed to not let down — prevailing in the first two match-ups at Tampa Bay and Florida. Once their done with the Lightning tonight, they face the Southeast Division-leading Washington Capitals Wednesday, but then go back to the lower third of the league for a home-and-home with Atlanta and a home date with Toronto.
This is new territory for the Bruins — as the team that should prevail and looking down at every opponent in the standings. So how the club responds in the next 10 days could be a view into where the team will be in the months ahead. (more…)