Sunday, March 16, 2008


The Celtics have clinched their 26th divisional title, and their first since the 2004-05 season. I know I don't write about the Celtics too often on here, but that's mainly because there's not much to say after they play except "KG, Pierce, and Allen were great. Everyone on the team played well. The other team didn't stand a chance. Detroit sucks."

Just to demonstrate how well the Celtics have played this year (and how poorly they've played in years past), they could lose EVERY SINGLE GAME they have left, and finish with their best winning percentage since 1990-91.

The C's have a 4.5 game lead over Detroit for the #1 Eastern Conference seed. The Celtics have 17 regular season games left, Detroit has 16. The Celtics also hold the head-to-head tie-breaker against Detroit, so the Magic Number to clinch home court advantage throughout the playoffs is 12.



After a thrilling 3-2 overtime win over the Flyers on Saturday, and a slightly disappointing 2-1 shootout loss to Washington yesterday, the End Game for the Bruins' regular season has begun. The B's are in the middle of a maelstrom of teams jockeying for the 8th and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Six teams are in contention for the last three playoff spots, and are all within 5 points of each other. Here's how the situation looks right now:

6. New York Rangers - 83 points - 10 games remaining
7. BOSTON BRUINS - 83 points - 9 games remaining
8. Philadelphia Flyers - 80 points - 9 games remaining
9. Buffalo Sabres - 79 points - 9 games remaining
10. Washington Capitals - 78 points - 9 games remaining
11. Florida Panthers - 78 points - 8 games remaining

Here is the remaining Bruins' schedule:

3/20 vs. Montreal
3/22 @ Montreal
3/25 @ Toronto
3/27 vs. Toronto
3/29 vs. Ottawa
3/30 @ Buffalo
4/2 @ New Jersey
4/4 @ Ottawa
4/5 vs. Buffalo

So that's a pair of games against the top team in the East (New Jersey), two games against a team the Bruins haven't beaten this year (Montreal), and two MASSIVE games against a surging Buffalo team that's on the playoff bubble. If the Bruins can get ten points in these games (remember, it's two for a win, one for a loss in OT), they'll probably make the playoffs.

The Bruins haven't made the Stanley Cup playoffs since 2003-04. They haven't advanced past the first round since 1999.