The Toronto media corps is an overheated bunch by nature. These folks like to stir things up.
Their counterparts in Boston can wreak havoc as well. So you can imagine the fun that Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri caused by exuding confidence about his team’s match-up against the Bruins.
“Obviously we understand that we could be the underdogs, but the way we see it is that we've beaten this team already this year,” Kadri told reporters. “We only finished four or five points behind them, it was a tight stretch towards the end. Obviously they're a good team, we've got to give them respect, but at the same time we're not approaching this as underdogs.
“This is a very, very winnable series for us.”
Yeah, well, we’ll see. The Bruins suffered a litany of injuries this season, but got much healthier by season’s end. Center Patrice Bergeron returned to duty, Milan Lucic came back to life and Nathan Horton’s fight-related injury healed as well.
With lots of scoring and Tuukka Rask in goal, Boston is a legitimate Stanley Cup threat. So we’re not sure that “very winnable” is accurate.