The Boston Bruins, locked into the third seed in the Eastern Conference since Saturday Night, will take on the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, the third time they’ll open up against the Habs in four years, and the 33rd time they’ll meet Montreal in the postseason since 1929.
Rookie Steve Kampfer is suffering from a knee injury that will sideline him for at least two weeks, effectively removing him from the mix for the Montreal series. Look for Chara/Boychuck, Seidenberg/Kaberle, Ference/McQuaid for the series, with Shane Hnidy as insurance.
Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli had a conference call earlier today to discuss the Montreal Series, and he had a number of notable gems:
Seguin likely out: While Chiarelli praised the rookie’s development this season, it’s his guess that Tyler Seguin will likely be a healthy scratch to start the playoffs. The sound you heard was Michael Ryder dodging yet another bullet. …
Praise for Chara: The GM was proud of the way captain Zdeno Chara handled himself in the wake of the Max Pacioretty incident, with Chara blocking out the distractions of crazed fans and misdirected prosecutors
And, no, he won’t be arrested when the Bruins show up for Game 3. …
Insurance for Thomas and Rask: In case an injury should befall either Tim Thomas or Tuukka Rask, Anton Khudobin will be the Bruins’ third goalie in the playoffs. Khudobin beat out 21-year-old Mike Hutchinson and veteran journeyman Nolan Schaeffer (who traveled with the team to Prague to open the season) for the spot.
The Providence Bruins’ season is over, so Khudobin, center Zach Hamill, defenseman Matt Bartkowski and the rest of the Black Aces will continue to get their work in there, should the Bruins need a body. …
Stay tuned to BruinsZone this week, as we prepare you for what looks to be another historic series between these two Original Six clubs. In the meantime, please enjoy this taste of what could be in store this series: