After losing their fifth straight to the Detroit Red Wings (14-41-4, 32 points), last Sunday in a 3-1 loss at Detroit, the Boston Bruins (35-11-12, 82 points), currently, the best team in the NHL, know they can’t look past the worst team. While Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy doesn’t think his team did that last Sunday, he knows they need to focus on the task at hand regardless of the opponent.
“Tomorrow is more about a focus game,” Cassidy said. “Don’t be disrespectful. Every team is good in this league and every team can beat you any night. The one in Ottawa (a 5-2 loss on December 9), they’re one of the lower teams that beat us. So if you don’t show up to play, or even when you do show up to play, I thought [Sunday], it wasn’t like we were a horrible hockey team, they were one goal better than us and then the empty-netter and they were better on special teams.
So that’s how slim the margin is but I do believe if we play our game to our ability, we should come out with a win and we should get the two points. I believe that every night. So we have to a little more of that mindset and not start thinking ahead or whatever’s going through our heads but I don’t believe that happened last time so that’s a positive. It might have happened earlier in the year when we went in there, but not last time.”