The playoffs are fast approaching. After this weekend, teams will play out the final weeks of their schedules, and it will be the same drill as every year. Sixteen teams are in, 14 are out, and everyone who’s in is excited for the playoffs.



Despite not playing on Friday night, the Bruins clinched a berth in the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Boston secured its spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs after the Sabres lost to the Penguins, 5-3.

With five regular-season games remaining, the Bruins sit in second place in the Eastern Conference with 94 points and are atop the standings in the Northeast Division, leading second-place Ottawa by six points. If the season were to end Friday, the Bruins would face the Senators in the first round of the playoffs.

According to a tweet from The Washington Examiner's Brian McNally, Capitals forward Jason Chimera will not be suspended for his hit on Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid Thursday night. 

Chimera was given a five-minute charging major and a game misconduct for sending McQuaid into the boards head-first in the first period of the Capitals' shootout win at the Garden. Adam McQuaid suffered a cut above his right eye on the play, and Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters that though he is not concussed, McQuaid will not play this weekend due to his eye being swollen shut. 

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan Friday morning, discussing Jason Chimera's hit that forced Adam McQuaid out of Thursday's shootout loss to the Capitals in the first period.

If the result of the game was the same no matter what, would you rather Tim Thomas have more periods like the first and second period Thursday, or like the third period and overtime? 



Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid suffered a cut above his right eye on a from behind by Jason Chimera of the Capitals in the first period of Thursday night's game and did not return to the game.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said after the game that McQuaid was "not feeling quite right" after the hit, but that he did not feel Chimera intended to injure the Bruins defenseman.  

Brooks Laich beat Tim Thomas in the fourth round of the shootout with a backhander top shelf, lifting the Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Bruins Thursday night at TD Garden. The loss prevented the Bruins from clinching a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but allowed the Bruins to move six points ahead of idle Ottawa for first place in the Northeast Division and the No. 2 seed in the conference.  

Dennis Seidenberg was the only Bruin missing from morning skate Thursday, and he'll miss his first game of the season when the B's host the Capitals Thursday night at TD Garden. 

Seidenberg will be kept out of the lineup with an infected cut. The blueliner suffered the cut Saturday against the Kings, and after getting it stitched up played Sunday and Tuesday prior to it becoming infected.  

WILMINGTON -- Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask told ESPNBoston and other outlets Wednesday that his recovery from an abdominal strain/groin strain is going well and that he hopes to be ready for the postseason. 

“I want to be back as soon as possible,” Rask said. “The playoffs was, and is, the goal.”

WILMINGTON -- Being a healthy scratch is nothing new to Daniel Paille. It's just been a while.