The Bruins have lost their last three road games and three of the last four heading into their final three games of the 2013-14 regular season. The Bruins have locked up home ice in the Eastern Conference so that explains the lack of motivation to go all out and win these last couple games, but injuries could play a role in just how far they go.
The Bruins are short on forwards and if one goes down, the difference between their forth line forwards and Jordan Caron is huge. The Bruins seem hesitant to play Ryan Spooner, who was called up from Providence yesterday when Chris Kelly wasn’t spotted on the ice after sustaining an injury last game.
As far as injuries, the Bruins have had some recently with Jarome Iginla going down with a lower body injury and now Chris Kelly and though it doesn’t seem major according to Claude Julien, it’s something to watch. We all know about Seidenberg and if he returns that could be huge, but it seems difficult to imagine he’d be 100 percent.
Iginla might be the most vital player on this Bruins team for this upcoming playoffs second to the captain Chara. He leads the Bruins in goals, and is tied for second in points with Bergeron in three less games-played. Resigning Iginla should be a priority for this offseason, but keeping him healthy for the playoffs should be the goal for the immediate future.
The Bruins should sit Iginla for the next two games and give him limited shifts in the last game of the season. There’s an argument to be made for not breaking up a player’s momentum, but in my opinion, that’s advice more for younger players. Iginla’s a veteran and hungry for a Stanley Cup.
Let’s not forget the last time he got a rest was during the Olympic break this season and after he came out playing his best hockey of the season. Coming out of that break, Iginla posted great stats in every category for the month of March. He had 13 goals, four assists and was a plus-12. His 17 points in 17 games helped lead the Bruins to a 15-2 record in March.
That right there dismisses any argument that a little rest wouldn’t benefit him for a deep playoff run. The Bruins played their best hockey as a team when Iginla was reaching his stride. It’s no doubt to me that when Iggy’s right, the Bruins are more often than not going to win.