The stars are beginning to align for the Bruins. With the other series in the Eastern Conference (with the exception of the Flyers’ latest fur-ball coughing) looking to go six or seven games, the Bruins have a rare opportunity to catch a breather during the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Potential Game 7s would be held on Tuesday, April 28 for the other two tight series in the East, meaning the earliest the Bruins could start the second round would be Thursday, April 30. A win tonight in Game 4 would give the team at least one full week worth of rest. Yes, an argument could be made that their momentum would be halted, but let’s look back to the Bruins regular season and see how a similar situation played out.
The Bruins were plodding through the month of March looking like a tired, dead team. However, the schedule maker was kind enough to grant them six consecutive days off in late March and the refreshed squad responded with six straight wins.
It’s no secret that Tim Thomas tends to wear down after enduring a heavy workload and the NHL playoffs is the ultimate test of endurance. Giving the Bruins (and Thomas) a week off in late April could prove lethal to other NHL teams in late May and early June.