Are the Boston Bruins Disintegrating Again?

Doug Upstone

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 7:14 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017 7:14 PM UTC

The Boston Bruins have a proud history and have won six Stanley Cups since 1927. However, the B's in some circles are more known for coming up short, having lost 12 Cup Finals in the same span.

As the Boston Bruins were laboring again this season, they fired head coach Claude Julien and promoted Bruce Cassidy onto the hot seat. With Boston fighting to make playoffs, the B's responded under Cassidy and were 12-4 SU under his direction from Feb. 4-March 15.

However, in the days since Boston has lost three straight and remembrances of last year are coming back like previous nightmares for B's backers. Last season in a similar scenario, the Bruins collapsed like a folding chair, dropping nine of their final 12 to miss the postseason.

With goalie Tuukka Rask not sharp and the defense worse, Boston has permitted 14 goals in this losing streak and those making NHL picks are watching closely. They have lost three key contests in March, two to Ottawa, which is just ahead of Boston in the standings, and one to Toronto, which is gaining ground on the Bruins.

In theory, the Bruins should make the playoffs with seven games on home ice among the nine still on the docket, but they will face top teams like Chicago and Washington along with three critical battles vs. Ottawa and two with Tampa Bay.

The NHL odds still generally favor Boston, but do you really want to back them right now?

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