The last game of the 2017-18 NHL regular season was scheduled for April 7.
Mother nature had other ideas.
One week after postponing the scheduled Bruins-Panthers contest at TD Garden due to the latest winter storm, the league announced their makeup date for April 8 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket purchases for the originally scheduled contest on Jan. 4 will still be valid for the rescheduled date.
The Celtics, who have a game scheduled with the Atlanta Hawks at the exact same time, will be moved up to the afternoon to accompany the Bruins and Panthers, both of whom are playing the night before.
“On behalf of the Boston Bruins I would like to thank Boston Celtics President Rich Gotham, as well as the Celtics organization, Atlanta Hawks, NBA and TD Garden for their flexibility moving the previously scheduled Celtics game on April 8th to a matinee,” Bruins President Cam Neely said in a team statement. “We are grateful for the flexibility and cooperation of all of these groups which made it possible for the NHL to reschedule our game against the Panthers to the evening of the April 8th.”
The Bruins and Panthers will face each other four times in a span of four weeks — including twice on the last week of the regular season — beginning March 15.
Though the league made the right call, the modified schedule does no favor for the Bruins. Beginning on March 6, the B’s will play their final 19 games in a 34-day span — including three sets of back to backs.
Sitting tied with the Maple Leafs for second in the Atlantic Division with 53 points — with five games in hand — the Bruins return to the ice on Saturday when they face former coach Claude Julien for the first time since his departure from Boston and subsequent arrival in Montreal. Puck drop at the Bell Centre is at 7 p.m.
The Panthers sit 11 points behind the Bruins but are 6-3-1 in their last 10.
Come April 8 the Bruins may have their playoff positioning wrapped up. Whether Florida’s playoff hopes are still alive at that time is anyone’s guess.