Sunday, March 18, 2012

It doesn't matter if the Bruins are 2nd or 7th

I haven't been paying much attention to the Bruins lately, but I do know that they have fallen way back to Earth after destroying everything in their paths earlier in the season.  My ears perked up on Friday night though, when I heard that their 6-2 loss to Florida dropped them from 2nd to 7th in the Eastern Conference.  But then yesterday afternoon they beat the Flyers in a shootout, bumping them back into first place in the Adams Northeast Division (one point ahead of Ottawa), and the #2 overall seed in the East.

Here's the thing though: I don't think it matters at all, as long as they still make the playoffs.  It's not as if they are a better team today in second place then they were yesterday in seventh place.  Either they are good enough to repeat and win the cup again, or they're not, but it doesn't change day to day.  And off all the major sports, hockey is the one where home field/court/ice matters the least.  Lower seeded teams win in the playoffs all the time. You could make the case that they'll have to face a better team in the first round if they have a lower seed, but if it's Boston and Ottawa flip-flopping between 2nd and 7th, they'll end up playing each other either way.  Worrying about whether the Bruins are any good any more is one thing, but what seed they get is mostly inconsequential.

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