Analyzing the Ideal First Round Matchup for the Bruins

Published March 21, 2023 at 9:31
BY AARON
Unless there is a significant breakdown, the Bruins are on track to secure the President's Trophy and will face the second-place Wild Card team in the opening round. The question remains: which matchup is ideal for them?

Currently, three teams are in close contention for a Wild Card position, namely the Islanders (WC1), Panthers (WC2), and Penguins (trailing by 1 point). Additionally, three more teams are not too far behind, including the Senators, Capitals, and Sabres.

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Which Team is the Best Match for Boston?




In a recent episode of Bruins Rinkside, Conor Ryan from Boston.com and Evan Marinofsky from New England Hockey Journal discussed potential first-round opponents for the Bruins:

Marinofsky: "Who would you want the Bruins to play in round one, as of now?"

Ryan: "If you're looking for pure entertainment value, I'd choose the Florida Panthers."

As Ryan mentioned, a face-off with the Panthers would be highly entertaining, but it's worth noting that the Panthers have defeated the Bruins twice this season.

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The Islanders, among the Wild Card teams, could be the most daunting opponent. They adopt a playoff-style, shutdown strategy throughout the season and possess a goalie in Ilya Sorokin who has the potential to dominate a series. However, they are missing their star player, Mathew Barzal, who has been sidelined since February 20th.

The Penguins might be the most favorable matchup for the Bruins. Despite being one of the most inconsistent teams in the NHL this season, their experienced core - similar to the Bruins - has a proven winning track record.

Watch the full discussion in the video below:


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