After shedding their second straight round-robin recreation, this one a 3-2 defeat to the Lightning on Wednesday, the Bruins gained’t be the No. 1 common seed when the Stanley Cup playoffs first spherical begins Aug. 11.

It’s kinda beautiful.

Why?

Quick reminder, as a result of it was a thousand years previously: They gained the Presidents’ Trophy for the shortened 2019-20 season with a 44-14-12 file (100 components); the second-best workforce was the Blues at 94 components in 71 video video games. 

This 12 months, the biggest workforce throughout the frequent season won’t face the worst workforce to make the postseason in its conference. (Who’s that, anyway?) They won’t even face the second-worst. Boston can’t finish elevated than the No. Three seed and can even fall to fourth. And, they won’t have home-ice profit all via (not that anyone truly, truly does).

“Correctly, that half sucks, I’m not gonna mislead you,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy acknowledged on a Zoom title with reporters following the latest loss. “Nonetheless that’s the state of affairs this 12 months with the stoppage of play. We knew the foundations going into it, that we’d lose just a little little bit of the profit we gained. So, we’re the place we are literally.” 

Man, 2020 is weird . . . nonetheless presumably this isn’t a nasty issue.

Ultimate season, as all people vividly remembers, the 2019 Presidents’ Trophy winners, the Lightning, put collectively one in all many greatest regular-season performances with 62 wins. They’ve been swiftly kicked to the playoff curb as soon as they’ve been swept throughout the first spherical by the Blue Jackets.

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Granted, additionally it is on no account a guarantee that the proper workforce all through the frequent season will be skating throughout the rink with Lord Stanley’s Cup on the end of the playoffs. 

As a result of the primary 12 months the trophy was awarded, following the 1985-86 season, solely eight winners have gained the Cup — not good odds. The Bruins know this sense. It occurred to them in 1990 (misplaced to the Oilers throughout the Stanley Cup Closing) and as soon as extra in 2014 as soon as they misplaced throughout the second spherical to the rival Canadiens. In 2011, they have been on the choice end as soon as they beat the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Canucks in seven video video games throughout the Closing.

And, presumably it’s a good issue there wasn’t a trophy presentation this 12 months: Superstition says you shouldn’t contact it in case you want to win the Cup.

Regardless, 2020 is unique. It’s crazy and explicit. It’s its private beast. What’s going to happen is anyone’s guess. 

“I consider in case you want to make a run throughout the playoffs, you must beat every workforce in any case,” well-known Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. “The state of affairs is what it’s. I consider the worst issue [that’s] going to happen to us is we’ll lose the locker room and our observe rink, so that’s about it.

“I truly don’t care the place we finish. I consider we merely ought to take care of our recreation and try to reinforce that [this] coming Sunday after which go on to subsequent week. 

“Nonetheless, you notice, we now have obtained to beat anybody anyway.

“So, irrespective of.”

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