8 a.m. ET: Perhaps the best news for the Bruins heading into Thursday’s game with the Tampa Bay Lightning is that there is no snow in the forecast. Thursday’s game was originally scheduled for Feb. 9, but a snowstorm of historic proportions pounded Boston and forced a postponement.
Now it’s part of what’s been a jam-packed schedule for the Bruins all the way up into the final week of the season. Thursday’s game will mark the second of the week for the Bruins, a week in which they will play four games in six days, including back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday.
At the very least, it might give the Bruins a chance to straighten things out. The B’s have are playing their worst hockey at the worst time of the season right now, and it isn’t inspiring much faith among Bruins fans. Fatigue is no doubt playing a role, but Boston coach Claude Julien finally cut that down as an excuse following an embarrassing 5-2 loss Tuesday in Philadelphia.
“Let’s stay away from excuses because it’s not gonna work,” he told reporters after the game. “Excuses is a lot of BS right now. We need to quit hiding behind those excuses because it’s a load of crap.”
The Bruins will presumably get a chance to work on some things Thursday with Tampa Bay in town. The Bolts have little to play for right now, but that was also the case with the Flyers, and that didn’t turn out so well. Either way, come this time next week, the playoffs will be upon us. It’s now or never for the Bruins, and they can try and dig out of this hole starting again Thursday.
Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. at TD Garden.