The Boston Bruins' potential first-round playoff matchups are laid out for them as they prepare for Sunday's game against the Washington Capitals.
The Montreal Canadiens upset the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, thus eliminating the Pens from playoff contention. That means the B's will either begin their Stanley Cup run against the New York Islanders or the Carolina Hurricanes.
If the Bruins beat the Capitals on Sunday, they'll face the Islanders in the first round. If they lose, they'll face the Hurricanes.
Pretty simple for the Bruins. Win on Sunday night vs. the Capitals and play the Islanders next week. Lose and they'll be facing a Carolina Hurricanes team that blew the doors off the Rangers this week. If I were the B's I'd want NYI in the 1st round— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) August 7, 2020
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Carolina comes off three straight convincing wins over the New York Rangers in the Toronto bubble. As for the Isles, they took three out of four from the Florida Panthers.
Either way, the B's will have a tough test in Round 1, and their fate will be determined by their final round-robin matchup on Sunday.
Boston currently is 0-2 in Toronto, falling 4-1 to the Philadelphia Flyers and then 3-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. In order to gain some momentum heading into the postseason, there's no doubt the Bruins will need to show more of a sense of urgency than they have in the bubble to this point.