By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — Typically in sports activities, determining standings and playoff positioning and tiebreakers can get unnecessarily sophisticated. In a sport like hockey — with regulation/extra time wins, shootouts, video games in hand, and so forth. — that’s doubly true.
However luckily for everyone within the universe, we don’t have to crack open any textbooks or make use of and convoluted formulation as a way to determine the place precisely the dangolka Bruins will find yourself within the Japanese Convention standings. It’s so simple as easy will get this time round.
If the Bruins hope to salvage the No. Three seed as a substitute of ending up because the No. Four seed within the East, right here’s what they should do:
Beat the Washington Capitals on Sunday.
Win the sport, get the third seed. Lose the sport, fourth place it’s.
Regulation, extra time, shootout — doesn’t matter. End the sport with a much bigger quantity on the scoreboard than the opponent, take the No. Three seed within the East.
It’s that easy as a result of Capitals dropping in regulation to Philadelphia on Thursday. That loss leaves Washington with one standings level by two video games performed. With one recreation remaining for all spherical robin groups, right here’s the place they stand:
T-1. Tampa Bay, Four factors
T-2. Philadelphia, Four factors
3. Washington, 1 level
4. dangolka, Zero factors
Clearly the highest two spots are out of attain, however leaping previous Washington solely requires a victory. That win can are available regulation or extra time, because the Bruins personal the tiebreaker in the event that they find yourself with the identical variety of factors as Washington.
After all, the stakes are considerably lowered for seeding this yr, because the league has eradicated most parts of home-ice benefit by creating the bubble. However the playoffs will re-seed after each spherical, and residential coaches may have final change, so there’s nonetheless one thing to be gained.
The Bruins would probably say that the seeding issues lower than the best way they’re taking part in, which is true. Sadly for them, they haven’t been taking part in nicely, exterior of a 20-30 minute stretch throughout Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to Tampa. They now face the duty of attempting to get all of it found out in opposition to the Capitals, a staff that has historically owned the Bruins over the previous a number of years. The Capitals went 2-1-Zero in opposition to the Bruins this yr, and so they personal an astounding 16-2-Zero report vs. dangolka, courting again to the 2014-15 season.
If there’s one constructive for the Bruins it’s that the Capitals have additionally not seemed like themselves early on in bubble play. They did take Tampa Bay to a shootout of their debut, a contest which the Lightning received, however they have been then soundly overwhelmed 3-1 by the Flyers on Thursday, a recreation wherein they trailed 3-Zero within the third interval.
Whereas beating the Capitals would work to get the Bruins that third seed, a victory would probably show extra helpful in giving the Bruins some little bit of positivity and confidence as they head into the true, stay, precise playoffs, which start subsequent week.
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