Feb 11, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien during the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre. (Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)
In a weekend that saw both Claude Julien record victory No. 500 (No. 381 with Bruins) and Loui Eriksson score goal No. 200, the Bruins roller coaster season continues.
The Bruins beat a depleted Minnesota Wild team Saturday night by a score of 4-2, handing the team their eighth consecutive loss, leading to the firing of coach Mike Yeo to place them as the second seed in the Atlantic Division, only to lose the following day, by the team that sat just one point behind them in the standings.
With the Bruins 6-5 loss on Sunday afternoon, they fall to third place in the Atlantic Division, just one point behind Detroit, and four behind Florida.
The Bruins got goals from both Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand in both games. Marchand, who has scored in 12 of his last 13 games and his last 7 straight, is on track for his best season yet with the Bruins, already tying his career high of 28 goals that he reached in 76 games in 2011-12.
If the playoffs ended today, the Bruins would face off against Detroit in the first round of the playoffs. I like the Bruins chances against the Red Wings, or any team in the East that isn’t named the Washington Capitals. The 2015-16 season is the weakest the Eastern Conference has been in years as the Jaromir Jagr led Florida Panthers are in first place in the Atlantic Division. That’s not to take away from anything the team has done this season, but come one, the guy has been in the league longer then some of his teammates have been born.
The Bruins have some major decisions to make going forward. Who is staying? Who is going? Buy or sell? These are among many questions that will be answered in the coming weeks. But for now, we just sit back and let the roller coaster ride continue.