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The Ides of March weren’t kind to the Boston Bruins, and things haven’t looked much better in early April, either.
The Bruins dropped six of their last seven games in March, and two of three in April. That 2-7-1 record in their last 10 contests has put them in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs for a second straight season. They’re currently tied in points with the Philadelphia Flyers but Philly has a game in hand.
The other team they can catch is the Detroit Red Wings, but the Wings gained a two-point advantage with a big head-to-head victory over the Flyers Wednesday night in the three-way battle for a pair of remaining berths.
Thanks to the tailspin, the Bruins need to win in regulation over the Wings in Thursday night’s matchup to have a shot at anything other than the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Even if they win their final two games, the Flyers could put the nail in the Bruins’ coffin with five points in their last three games.
Excluding a two-game stretch during which the Bruins exploded for 10 goals, they’ve scored just 11 in their last eight. Leading goal-scorer Brad Marchand has just two in his last dozen games, and both Loui Eriksson and David Krejci have a pair in their past nine.
This is not a time of year you can afford to see your offense go dark.