Bruins milestones postponed or cancelled by Coronavirus shutdown

Matt Kalman
March 25, 2020 - 4:54 pm

It’s looking less likely by the day that the NHL will be able to resume the 2019-20 regular season, and we’re being left with the hope that somehow the league can stage some sort of playoffs to award the Stanley Cup this summer.

This means that the Bruins’ regular season could be over after just 70 games, 12 shy of a full season.

The implications of the Bruins having 12 games cancelled will affect several players’ pursuits of individual milestones.

For instance, David Krejci had a chance to reach 1,000 Bruins games played if he played the last 12 games of this season plus 77 games in 2020-21. He would’ve become the seventh Bruins player to reach 1,000 games, but now he would need to re-sign beyond next season (he can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2021) to get that done.

Earlier this season when Zdeno Chara joined Patrice Bergeron, who reached the milestone last season, as current players in the Bruins’ 1,000-game club, Krejci chatted with about possibly achieving the feat.

“It’s a long way from now so I don’t want to talk about it,” Krejci said in February. “But obviously that’d be a dream come true. Like I said before, I’m just really enjoying being here every day now and we have a really good team this year again. You know we had a team to make another run, I’m not really worried about 1,000 games right now. We’ll talk about it next year.”

Krejci is also 14 points shy of becoming the eighth Bruins player to reach 700 in a career.

Here's a look at some other Bruins milestones that have been postponed or won’t happen:

Tuukka Rask

The Bruins goalie is nine wins shy of 300, which would make him the 37th goalie in NHL history to win that many game. Rask is signed for one more season beyond this season, but recently broached the idea of retiring when his contract is up. One has to wonder if the Bruins might consider moving him before then.

Zdeno Chara

By playing in the Bruins’ last 12 games the Boston captain would’ve passed one of his heroes, Nicklas Lidstrom, for 13th on the NHL’s all-time games played list (1,564). Now he’ll need to play another NHL season and play all 82 games to tie Scott Stevens for 10th all-time in games played (1,635).

Looking toward the postseason, Chara needs to play 18 playoff games for 200 in his NHL career. Just 22 players have ever played in that many.

Brad Marchand

Needs 10 games and 21 points to reach 400 in each department. He’ll obviously have plenty of time to reach these milestones, but watching Marchand try to rack up 21 points in the last 12 games would’ve been exciting.

David Pastrnak

Part of Marchand’s race for 21 points would’ve been him setting up Pastrnak for the goals that would’ve helped him surpass 50 and chase the Rocket Richard Trophy. Pastrnak was also just five points shy of reaching 100 for the first time in his NHL career.

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