Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/05/13 at 11:07 AM ET
By Matthew Feuerman of TiqIQ,
The Bruins and Canadiens never like each other, especially when they’re fighting for the top seed in the Northeast Division. As of Thursday morning, only one point separates the two teams. That one point could dictate who gets home ice in the dog days of the NHL playoffs this season. Each team plays once before their Saturday tilt, which means any lead is tenuous. Saturday morning, the Bruins could very well be in first.
Getting into the Bell Centre Saturday night for the Bruins-Habs will cost you a small fortune. If you have $635 lying around, then it might be a good idea to attend. That, according to TiqIQ, is the average price for the game because so few tickets are available. If you can’t scrounge up that heap of money from underneath your couch cushion, then we completely understand. Normally, the Canadiens tickets at home average is $215, which makes Saturday’s tilt a whopping 194 percent price increase. Even “get in” tickets are $305.
The Habs stood pat the trading deadline. The chemistry has worked this season for GM Marc Bergevin, so why mix it up? The team’s scoring has been balanced, with seven players currently registering over 20 points, and its defense equally steady and lethal. P.K. Subban has established himself as an offensive juggernaut, and Alexei Emelin a wrecking ball that teams gameplan to avoid.
For Bruins fans, learning that Selke Award winner Patrice Bergeron suffered a concussion in the team’s 3-2 win over the Senators on Tuesday was a crushing blow. Bergeron, who fell from a brutal, season-ending concussion in the 2007 season, is now on his fourth head injury. His loss will be greatly felt by the Bruins, who value his on-ice leadership, defensive dexterity and offensive playmaking.
To mitigate Bergeron’s loss, the Bruins will lean on newly acquired future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr, who came to the team via trade on Tuesday. Jagr, while 41, is still a playmaker in the league. He has 14 goals this season and can help cure the Bruin’s well-documented powerplay woes.
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