The Bruins have reached the make or break portion of their schedule and if this season has been any indicator so far, they are in for a rough stretch of games. Boston will end the season with the toughest stretch of games they have had all year, on the docket is: Blackhawks, Capitals, Panthers, Lightning, Hurricanes, Islanders, Sharks, Ducks, Kings, Rangers, Panthers, Maple Leafs, Devils, Blues, Blackhawks, Hurricanes, Red Wings, and Senators. Outside the Maple Leafs every one of those teams is fighting for a playoff spot or already one of the best teams in the league.
If this season has shown Bruins fans anything, it is that this team wilts in the spotlight and every other game is a coin flip as to which Bruins team will show up. At times this year, Boston has looked like they deserve to be where they are in the standings and can compete for the playoffs with the rest of the league, but when the big game has rolled around, this team turns into a puddle. The Bruins routinely get hammered against potential playoff foes and have been an inigma at home, a recipe for a rough end of the year.
Boston is currently in fifth place in the Eastern Conference but can just as easily fall completely out of the pitcher if some of the teams below them get hot during their upcoming stretch. On the flip side, if the Bruins can tread water through this part of the schedule then they can prove that they belong in the playoffs and fans can hold out hope of a run to the Cup. Realistically, the Bruins will probably fade down the stretch and might be able to cling onto a playoff spot in a weak East. But after not improving the team with any position altering moves at the deadline, the Bruins will have a hard go of it as they come down the home stretch of the season.