Bruins-Red Wings Open Series Friday
Monday, April 14, 2014
How does that old saying go? The greatest things in life don't come easy? That will certainly be the case for the Boston Bruins this spring. The NHL's best regular season team will have a tough road to the Stanley Cup Finals starting with their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Series against the 8th-seeded Detroit Red Wings that begins with game one Friday night at the TD Garden.
The Red Wings are a perrenial Cup contender but the team was riddled with injury this season. Some of those injured players either have or will return to their line-up in time for the postseason while others willl not. Still, facing an organization with such championship pedigree won't be easy for the B's.
Should Boston win it's opening series, a possible date with long-time nemesis Montreal could await them in round two. The Canadiens will battle the Tampa Bay Lightning in round one.
Meanwhile, second-seeded Pittsburgh would seem to have an easier road to the Cup Finals. The Penguins draw the Columbus Blue Jackets in round one and could meet the winner of the series between the Rangers and Flyers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Regardless of the match-ups, Boston is clearly the best team in the National Hockey League heading into the playoffs by virtue of their winning the President's Trophy for having the top record in the league. And, with some playoff series starting as early as Wednesday, the Bruins also may benefit from the extra rest of not having to drop the puck until Friday in their opener.
Here is the schedule for the Boston-Detroit eastern Conference Quarterfinal Series complete with dates, times and what television network they will be broadcast on:
Fri., April 18; 7:30 p.m.; at Boston (NESN, NBCSN, TSN)
Sun., April 20; 3 p.m.; at Boston (NBC, TSN)
Tues. , April 22; 7:30 p.m.; at Detroit (NESN, NBCSN, TSN)
Thurs., April 24; 8 p.m.; at Detroit (NESN, NBCSN, TSN)
*Sat., April 26; 3 p.m.; at Boston (NBC, TSN)
*Mon., April 28; TBD; at Detroit (NESN, TSN)
*Wed., April 30; TBD; at Boston (NESN, TSN)