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Bruins-Senators Simulation: Tuukka Rask solid in goal in B's 3-2 win

Bruins-Senators Simulation: Tuukka Rask solid in goal in B's 3-2 win

The NHL season has been put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis, meaning we may have to wait a while to watch the Boston Bruins again.

As a way to make up for the loss of Bruins action, we'll be using the EA Sports NHL 20 video game to simulate each game on Boston's schedule until they finally return to action.

Previous Simulations:

The Boston Bruins were supposed to take on the Ottawa Senators on March 26 at TD Garden, here's how our simulation of that game went.

The B's bounced back after a disappointing loss to the Detroit Red Wings in Tuesday's simulation thanks to Tuukka Rask's 24-save night. 

Here are the game stats:

Three Stars of the Game + Game Stats

Jake DeBrusk, David Krejci and Tuukka Rask were the three stars of the game against the Senators. DeBrusk and Krejci scored goals while Rask added 24 saves in the win. Despite trailing 26-20 in shots, the Bruins made their offensive opportunities count. 

Bruins Individual Stats

DeBrusk and Krejci notched a goal and an assist in the win while Marchand added a goal of his own and Jeremy Lauzon, Matt Grzelcyk and Karson Kuhlman picked up assists in the win. Rask stopped 24 of 26 shots, continuing to show his dominance in the crease.

Senators Individual Stats

Brady Tkachuk and Colin White were the goal scorers for the struggling Senators and Marcus Hogberg had an .850 GAA with three goals against. 

FINAL SCORE: Bruins 3, Red Wings 2

Bruins Record (Includes simulated games): 47-15-14 (107 points)

*NOTE: We did not include Boston's games against the Buffalo Sabres or Toronto Maple Leafs in the simulation, therefore the simulated record isn't 100 percent accurate*

Next Simulation: vs. Florida Panthers on Saturday. 

Be sure to keep an eye out for our Bruins vs. Panthers simulation which is set to drop on Saturday.

Senators player tests positive for coronavirus, first case in NHL

Senators player tests positive for coronavirus, first case in NHL

While the coronavirus has seen many cases throughout the NBA, the NHL had yet to announce a positive test from one of their athletes -- until today. 

An unidentified Ottawa Senators player has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced late Tuesday night.

As for how this affects the Boston Bruins -- it shouldn't. The B's haven't played the Senators since Dec. 9 and have seen little, to no crossover in opponents, according to 98.5 The Sports Hub's Ty Anderson.

The NHL, like every other professional sports league, has put its season on pause due to the coronavirus outbreak, and there is no word on when, or if the season will resume sometime in the future. 

Bruins guilty as charged of playing down to the competition — again

Bruins guilty as charged of playing down to the competition — again

BOSTON — When something happens to a hockey team on multiple occasions during the regular season, it becomes more than a coincidence.

The Bruins are obviously one of the best teams in the NHL based on their record, their body of work, and their commanding 10-point lead in the Atlantic Division, but they are far from perfect. One of the team's worst team is their tendency to play down to the competition as they have done time and time again this season, and as they did in Tuesday night’s 4-3 overtime loss to the lowly L.A. Kings at TD Garden.

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Just in the last couple of weeks the B's have dropped games to last-place teams in the Kings and Chicago Blackhawks and dropped a thoroughly disinterested game to the Ottawa Senators at the start of their last road trip. Earlier this season, they lost a completely uninspired game to the worst team in hockey when they dropped a 4-2 decision to the Red Wings in Detroit.

Bruce Cassidy said he was happy with the team's effort and wouldn’t put the loss in the same category as when the B’s dropped five in a row in their worst losing streak during his tenure coaching the team, and they certainly had plenty of chances to beat Los Angeles while throwing 40 shots on net.

“There are 82 of these [games]. I thought we certainly played well enough to win. Not very happy getting only one point tonight, some nights you’re satisfied [with that result],” said Cassidy, of the overtime loss to Los Angeles. “In terms of how we played the game, the process part of it, there was better things than, say, two weeks ago [headed into the losing streak].”

But commendable effort or not, it feels like the Bruins are taking the dregs of the NHL pretty lightly based on where they are in the standings and the different, higher level of execution and energy when playing teams like Washington and Tampa Bay. Patrice Bergeron hoped that wasn’t the case and paid tribute to the results proving that every team in the league is to be taken seriously, but the way the B’s play isn’t really a reflection of taking the league’s worst teams seriously.  

“You hope not. [Looking past teams] is definitely the last thing you want to do. In this league there isn’t any team that you can take lightly,” said Bergeron, who scored his third goal in five games since coming back from a lower-body injury in the OT defeat. “You look at teams like Ottawa that are really hard to play against. This team plays hard. I don’t know their stats 5-on-5, but they are a really good 5-on-5 team and I think they showed that [in the loss].”

It doesn’t feel like these careless losses to the weak sisters of the NHL aren’t going to hurt the Bruins in the long run given how far ahead they currently are in the division. But losses to Ottawa, Detroit and now L.A. does show a lack of focus and concentration that could come back to bite the B's if they aren’t seriously challenged by anybody in the rest of the regular season.

More than anything else, though, it gives lousy teams hope that when they come to Boston they might catch the Bruins napping, and that doesn’t exactly make the B’s a hard team to play against, or the TD Garden a place to be feared by the handful of teams scraping the bottom of the barrel in the NHL.