With the Bruins meteoric ascension to the top of the Eastern Conference through the month of March, the Black and Gold have earned the luxury of choosing who gets a bit of rest leading up to the playoffs April 16.
Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe posted today that the Bruins will in fact be resting their players in the last three weeks of the regular season. The Bruins have seven games left to go on their schedule. Many players will be watching those games from the 9th floor.
|Spooner was recalled to finish the roadie (via csnne.com)|
Spooner was recalled on an emergency basis, as Carl Soderberg and his wife are expecting the birth of their child soon.
Shinzawa also reports that the lead candidates for getting a few games off include captain Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Jarome Iginla, Brad Marchand and Johnny Boychuck.
The 15-1-1 record the Bruins posted in the month of March has set them up nicely to be able to give their top guns some rest leading into the playoffs. There has been some debate over whether or not the Bruins should shoot for the President's Trophy and secure home-ice advantage for the Stanley Cup Final, should they reach it.
I think this is a pretty clear indication that Boston is not too concerned with the end number of points accumulated. They're more concerned about getting healthy and setting their bodies right for the grind that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which is not a bad thing at all.