The Bruins beat the Hurricanes in five games to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. But their next opponent is still to be determined.
Each side of the NHL playoff bracket will be re-seeded after the first-round series, and the highest seed remaining will play the lowest seed remaining, and so forth.
So, what does that mean for the Bruins? Here’s how it shakes out.
If the top-seeded Flyers, who lead the eighth-seeded Canadiens 3-2, win, they get the lowest remaining seed. That would be the sixth-seeded Islanders, who eliminated the third-seeded Capitals in five games.
In that scenario, the fourth-seeded Bruins would face the second-seeded Lightning.
If the Canadiens rally to beat the Flyers – Game 6 is on Friday and a possible Game 7 is scheduled for Sunday – then Montreal would face Tampa Bay in the second round and the Bruins would face the Islanders.