Everything is right in the hockey world right now. The Boston Bruins are atop the Eastern Conference with an 18-7-2 record (38 points). They are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, including a 6-1-1 record with eight games in a 13 nights stretch.
After their victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday night, the Black and Gold will have a nice stretch to get their legs back underneath them before they travel to Montreal on Thursday.
That said, is this a good thing for the Bruins or does it hurt them with the long lay-off while they are playing so well?
It is a no-brainer. Take the time off when you can get it. In this case, it couldn’t come at a better time for the B’s as numerous players are nursing back to health or who are playing a little dinged up.
With the physical and relentless style the Bruins play, it is a perfect way to re-energize and get ready for another showdown with the arch-rival Canadiens.
Defenseman Dougie Hamilton talked about finishing off the home stand on a high note while the team doesn’t play for another four days.
“Yeah, coach told us that we had a couple of days off here,” Hamilton said. “Kind of just leave it out on the ice today and I thought everyone did well. So, kind of nice to finish off that and get refreshed a little bit here and move on.”
Dennis Seidenberg also chimed in on the importance of creating a base for the upcoming road schedule in December and it starts after their win versus the Blue Jackets.
Health is the most important part of this team. Sure, it’s great when guys like Kevan Miller and Ryan Spooner get the call from Providence to play and succeed, but this team goes when they have all their big horses in the saddle. They just got back Dennis Seidenberg who has been a monster the past two games. Adam McQuaid is back to 100 percent as well.
Most importantly, the B’s finished off their week strong after being embarrassed in Detroit last Wednesday night at the hands of the Red Wings and that’s all Claude Julien wanted from his team.
“You take a bad loss and you turn it into a positive thing,” said the seventh-year Bruins coach. “We won three out of four games this week.”
Many fans argue the layoff will hurt the Bruins after their torrid start, but for these guys rest is the most important factor as they prepare for another Stanley Cup run.