Record: 56 Games Played, 33 Wins, 16 Loses, 7 Overtime Loses, 73 Points. (3rd In East Division)
Playoffs: Beat Capitals In The First Round, Lost To Islanders In The Second Round. (6 Wins, 5 Loses)
Will the loss of David Krejci affect the line up?
Longtime stalwart centreman David Krejci will not be with the Bruins going forward. During his 15 year NHL career, he played 962 games, amassing 215 goals and adding another 515 assists for a career 730 points. Leaves a rather large gap in the middle. Which the Bruins have penciled in with Charlie Coyle and newcomer Erik Haula.
Will the new additions get the Bruins over the playoff hump?
The Bruins went out and added some good depth pieces in free agency, bringing in the likes of Erik Haula, Tomas Nosek, and Nick Foligno. Foligno brings veteran leadership, and adds a presence to the lineup. Depth scoring has been a problem for the Bruins for a while. After the “Perfection Line,” and Taylor Hall, who will step up big in the lineup and get the Bruins past the likes of a team like the Islanders or Lightning in the playoffs?
Who will take over in net?
At this point of the offseason, and me writing this, Tuukka Rask remains unsigned. It’s possible that he could still come back, but the future remains uncertain. Jaroslav Halak also left in free agency, forcing Boston to find a goalie in free agency. The Bruins went out and brought in former Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark. At the moment, Ullmark is penciled in ahead of youngster Jeremy Swayman. If Rask does not come back this season, between Ullmark and Swayman, someone needs to step up and be the number 1.
Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
Hall – Coyle – Smith
DeBrusk – Haula – Foligno
Lazar – Nosek – Wagner
Grzelcyk – McAvoy
Reilly – Carlo
Forbort – Clifton
No surprise here, the Bruins make the playoffs.