The Boston Bruins are going to keep things simple heading into training camp and the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, coach Bruce Cassidy said Monday.
No major changes. No revamping systems.
The Bruins just want to get back to where they were when the NHL paused the season March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus. They went 16-4-0 in their last 20 games before the pause, which helped them finish the regular season with the best points percentage in the NHL (.714) and win the Presidents' Trophy.
"We're not going to introduce a whole lot of new concepts, obviously," Cassidy said. "Even though you've had a lot of time to dream up a lot of different things, I don't know if it's the best time in a short turnaround with a lot on the line to start messing too much with your game.
"So we're going to try to keep it as simple as we can, as consistent as how we finished early on. Then we'll make the adjustments as we go and that'll be that."
Training camp, which is part of Phase 3 in the NHL Return to Play Plan, is expected to open July 10. When Phase 4 begins at a date and hub city to be determined, the Bruins, as one of the top four teams in the Eastern Conference based on points percentage, will play in the round-robin portion of the qualifiers against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers to determine the conference's top four seeds for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.