You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

Sports

Sunday hockey notes

Bruins’ playoff hopes tied to key returnees

This shapes up as a very interesting couple of weeks for the Bruins with the playoffs approaching the first week of May. Is this the club that ran off to its hottest start in decades, 14-2-2 (.833 winning percentage), in the opening six weeks, or the one that went a less-than-spectacular 12-8-2 (.591) prior to Saturday night’s game in Raleigh?

If it’s the latter, then they likely are headed for another first-round KO in the playoffs, even in a conference that has its issues — lead among them how effective Sidney Crosby will be when/if he makes it back to the star-studded Pittsburgh lineup after sustaining a broken jaw.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week