After a historic 2022-23 regular season that ended disastrously in the playoffs, the Boston Bruins will look for redemption during the 2023-24 season.
Record: 65-12-5 (135 pts) – 1st in Atlantic
Playoffs: Lost to Florida in First Round
Patrice Bergeron (F – Retired), Tyler Bertuzzi (F – TOR), Taylor Hall (F – CHI), Dmitry Orlov (D – CAR), Nick Foligno (F – CHI), Connor Clifton (D – BUF), Garnet Hathaway (F – PHI), David Krejci (F – Retired)
Milan Lucic (F), James van Riemsdyk (F), Morgan Geekie (F), Kevin Shattenkirk (D), Jesper Boqvist (F)
A Historic Dud
The Boston Bruins had a historically successful 2022-23 regular season, finishing with a record of 65-12-5 and earning 135 points. They secured the top spot in the Atlantic Division, and won the President’s Trophy. However, their playoff run was cut short as they were eliminated in the first round by the Florida Panthers.
The Bruins would set the NHL record for wins (65) and points (135). Despite falling to the Panthers in seven games in the first Round, the Bruins can do what both the 2018-19 Tampa Bay Lightning and 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings were able to do, and that is bounce back and right the wrong.
Looking for Redemption
During the offseason the team experienced key losses with the retirements of Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, as well as the departures of Tyler Bertuzzi, Taylor Hall, Dmitry Orlov, Nick Foligno, Connor Clifton, Garnet Hathaway. They did make a few additions to their roster, including Milan Lucic, James van Riemsdyk, Morgan Geekie, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Jesper Boqvist. However, the Bruins are going to really need to look deep to fill their holes at center.
What the Bruins do have working in their favor is that they still have a stacked defense which is led by defenseman Charlie McAvoy. Plus a stellar goaltending duo in Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman will look to give the Bruins another great season.
If the Bruins can get some offence going in their game they will be a top contender once again. However, how much will their losses affect them during the 2023-24 season?
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