2015 Boston Bruins Season Preview
A season after winning the Presidents’ Trophy, the Boston Bruins stumbled, finishing with two points out of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The disappointment may prove to be beneficial to the 2015-16 Bruins. Boston may have been victims of their own success, with the core group of Boston veterans playing deep into 8 straight post season runs. The extra rest has the Boston Bruins recovered and ready to make a run at another Stanley Cup finals. The biggest question mark for the Bruins entering the 2015 season will be how they weather the loss of forward Milan Lucic. Boston brought in Matt Beleskey and Jimmey Hayes to replace the departing Lucic, and retain goaltender Tuukka Rask and captain Patrice Bergeron. Look for the 2015-16 Boston Bruins to return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs and to be one of the best teams in the NHL once again.
2014 Boston Bruins Season Preview
The Boston Bruins had a bittersweet season in 2013. The Bruins followed up their 2013 Eastern Conference Championship with 54 wins, the Atlantic Division championship and the President’s Trophy. But the Bruins campaign to return to the Stanley Cup finals was thwarted in the Eastern Conference Semifinals where Boston lost a 3-2 series lead to the Montreal Canadiens and gave up the series in 7 games.
Going into the 2014-2015 season, the Boston Bruins look to be as dangerous as ever. They were the consensus Eastern Conference favorites a year ago and return as one of the top contenders again this season. Vezina Trophy winning goalie Tuukka Rask returns and should remain among the elite goaltenders in the NHL. He will have plenty of help from Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, and Carl Soderberg. Gone from last year’s Boston Bruins team is veteran Jarome Iginla, but look for first round draft pick David Pastrnak to be a speedy asset to the veteran Bruins. With the talent and recent success that the Boston Bruins have had, anything short of a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals will seem like a disappointment to Bruins fans. Look for Boston to be in the thick of the race at the end of the season.
2013 Boston Bruins Season Preview
The team that fell just short of a Stanley Cup Championships will make another run at it in the 2013-14 Season, and they’ll have some added firepower to do just that. Louie Eriksson and Jarome Iginla will come in to try to spur another deep run in the postseason, while Tyler Seguin was shipped to Dallas in a seven-player deal that brought in Eriksson. Defense will be key this season, and the Bruins will count on Matt Bartkowski and Torey Krug to lead the team when shorthanded. The Bruins have big home games at TD Garden early on in the season against the Penguins on Nov. 25, vs. the New York Rangers on Nov. 29, and vs. the Senators on Dec. 27. The first time they’ll look for Stanley Cup revenge at home will be on March 27 when the Blackhawks come into Boston.
2012 Boston Bruins Season Preview
For the upcoming 2011-12 season, the Bruins have plenty to look forward to. A number of veterans will be returning to the ice for the Bs, including Patrice Bergeron and Tim Thomas. However, Boston will be faced with the challenging task of protecting the title as the Stanley Cup Champions of last season.
2011 Boston Bruins Season Preview
The Boston Bruins came excruciatingly close to a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals last season, but they blew a 3-0 series lead to the Philadelphia Flyers and ultimately left fans aching for the team's first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals since 1990. Much of the team is back this year, and the Bruins faithful will be looking for them to take the next step. One of the biggest issues for the Bruins last season was injuries. Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron and Marc Savard all missed significant time. Health will be a point of emphasis for Boston this year, and if their best players can stay on the ice there is no reason that they won't return to the playoffs. The offense struggled a year ago, and Marco Sturm provided the bulk of the scoring. However, he should be joined by more scoring threats this year depending on the return of Bergeron and Lucic. Defensively the Bruins should be strong, as Tuukka Rask emerged as one of the NHL's leading goalies down the stretch. While defensemen Dennis Widerman was traded during the offseason, the Bruins still have verteran Zdeno Chara to anchor the back line and provide some leadership.
2010 Boston Bruins Season Preview
The Boston Bruins are one of the teams to watch heading into the 2009-2010 NHL season. The Bruins finished last year as one of the best teams in hockey; Boston finished the regular season with the most wins in the Eastern Conference and barely lost a close series in the playoffs to the Carolina Hurricanes. Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien brings back a solid defense led by goalie Tim Thomas and defenseman Zdeno Chara, who is also team captain. Expect Boston to make another deep run into this year and possibly play in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals.