There’s a Bruins game today at 3:00 against the Flyers and it counts.
Teams on the playoff bubble when the season was suspended get themselves a play-in playoff round while the remaining teams at the top of the standings get a lame round robin seeding round. This means that if the Bruins have a couple of off games at the start they could end up being the first President’s trophy winner that isn’t the #1 seed in their conference.
Still, it’s better than having the four best teams in each conference wait while the rest of the league plays 3-5 games leading into the actual playoffs. We get the Flyers today at 3:00, the Lightning on Wednesday at 4:00 and the Capitals on Sunday, time TBD. All of the games will be played in an empty rink in Toronto and that’s perfectly fine with me.
The only thing I would do different, and this is purely selfish of me, is that I would add the numbers from this faux playoff round to the regular season. That’s really just so we can give David Pastrnak three more games to hit the 50 goal mark.
3:00pm. NESN. 98.5 The Sports Hub. Watch it, listen to it, whatever. Just be happy that the NHL is back and there are meaningful Bruins games coming.
ADDENDUM: Sorry, it’s on NBC Sports Network, not NESN.
The NHL is coming back. Play returns on August 1st. All teams qualifying for the play offs, including teams that will play in the extra play-in round will be assigned to either Edmonton (the Western Conference teams) or Toronto (the Eastern Conference teams).
It is my great hope that the good people of those two historic Canadien cities are smarter than any of their American cousins and will do what is necessary to keep COVID-19 from decimating the league and putting an end to play once again. MLB and the NBA are also expected to come back before the end of the summer, but they are going to be playing in the USA, which means everyone is going to get sick and many of them are going to die… because Americans are too fucking stupid to wear masks and not go to bars.
Please, good people of Edmonton and Toronto… help a brother out. I needs me some hockey.
Oh yeah, and did I mention that the labor (labour) agreement the league and the players just ratified includes sending NHL players to the next two Winter Olympics? Well, assuming we ever have Winter Olympics again.
This is all good news. It could all go horribly wrong if COVID-19 gets it’s way, but for now I am going to believe that this is good news.
Sometimes I like to look back through this blog to see what happened on this day in history. I’ve got posts going back 14 years now so there is the potential for a lot of stuff. This morning before work I did exactly that. I read every post (well, I skimmed every post) made on the 10th of April in each year from 2006 through 2020.
One thing of note was a post in 2010 where I mentioned the Bruins scoring three goals on a single penalty kill. I did not remember that at all. Let me rephrase to keep with the South Park ‘Member Berries theme, I did not ‘member that at all.
Wouldn’t you know it, some one posted this video onto the Bruins subreddit today. It recaps all three of the goals. It was an NHL record, as Jack Edwards will tell you in about three and a half minutes.