Bruins from Boston
The only leader of the entire league lost some momentum with the start of the away series. First, the Bears lost back-to-back in Detroit, where they’ve historically dropped points often, and then they lost back-to-back in Chicago, where they hadn’t won three times in a row before. These facts are trying to justify Boston, and I have to say that Jim Montgomery’s team only once allowed themselves to lose three times in a row and that was in late January when the East leader lost after a rematch against Tampa, Florida and Carolina – come back.
“Air Army” has not been able to consistently score points for a month, losing 10 out of 14 games during this time. Winnipeg has fallen to 8th place and is only 4 points ahead of Nashville, which has 3 more games to play. In the previous meeting, Rick Bowness’s team lost to Karolina (3:5) and if they lose, usually one pocket is followed by another, at least that’s how it has been for the last 3 months. And the hosts lost to Boston 2-3 in the current regular season, which was the fifth loss in personal meetings in a row.
Winnipeg is in a long slump and tends to underperform, usually consistently in two or more games in a row. In part, the hosts have a lot of losses in clashes with Dubois and Morrissey, and the home ice rink, where the “warriors” lost 5 of the last 6 matches, has ceased to be saved. Despite the previous results, Boston has the strongest defense in the league and usually does not lose more than two games, which, taking into account the winning streak in PM, should, together with more high-quality personnel, become the key to the success of the “bears”.