ZADS: Eastern Conference Preview- Boston Bruins

by Chris Zadorozny (@Zads07)

In the ninth preview of 15 Eastern Conference teams, our focus shifts to the Boston Bruins of the Atlantic Division, who came up short in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Blackhawks. After a few offseason moves, the Bruins will once again be atop the Eastern Conference this year.

Bruins Preview 2013 2014

History

  • One of the Original Six franchises. Founded in 1924.
  • 6 Stanley Cups (1929, 1939, 1941, 1970, 1972, 2011)
  • 4 Conference Championships (1988, 1990, 2011, 2013)
  • 24 Division Championships (1927-1928, 1928-1929, 1929-1930, 1930-1931, 1932-1933, 1934-1935, 1937-1938, 1970-1971, 1971-1972, 1973-1974, 1975-1976, 1976-1977, 1978-1979, 1982-1983, 1983-1984, 1989-1990, 1990-1991, 1992-1993, 2001-2002, 2003-2004, 2008-2009, 2010-2011, 2011-2012)

2013 stats: Top 5 players

Brad Marchand (18 G, 18 A, 36 PTS), David Krejci (10 G, 23 A, 33 PTS), Tyler Seguin (16, 16 A, 32 PTS), Patrice Bergeron (10 G, 22 A, 32 PTS), Milan Lucic (7 G, 20 A, 27 PTS)

2013 Team Rankings

  • 14th in Goals/Game (2.65)
  • 3rd in Goals Against (2.21)
  • 26th in Power Play (14.8%)
  • 4th in Penalty Kill (87.1%)

Goaltender Situation

  • Tuukka Rask (36 GP, 19 W, 10 L, 5 OTL, .929 SV%, 2.00 GAA)
    • Rask led the Bruins to the Cup Finals last year. He’s the leader again this year.
  • Chad Johnson (4 GP, 2 W, 0 L, 2 OTL, .954 SV%, 1.21 GAA)
    • Played for the Coyotes AHL affiliate last year, competing for the backup job, but is the frontrunner right now.

Tuukka Rask is one of the top goaltenders in the league, and he showed that, just two years after the B’s lost Stanley Cup Champion Tim Thomas, who stepped away from the game for a year. Rask is a solid goaltender, but he’ll need to rest a bit, which is where Johnson could come in. If Johnson can’t fulfill backup duties, it’s going to be a long season for Rask.

Offseason Moves

Additions: F Jarome Iginla (Free Agent/Pittsburgh), D Mike Moore (Free Agent/Nashville), G Chad Johnson (Free Agent/Phoenix), F Nick Johnson (Free Agent/Phoenix), F Loui Eriksson (Trade/Dallas), D Joe Morrow (Trade/Dallas), F Reilly Smith (Trade/Dallas), F Matt Fraser (Trade/Dallas)

Losses: F Nathan Horton (Free Agent/Columbus), D Andrew Ference (Free Agent/Edmonton), G Anton Khudobin (Free Agent/Carolina), D Aaron Johnson (Free Agent/NYR), G Michael Hutchinson (Free Agent/Winnipeg), F Jaromir Jagr (Free Agent/New Jersey), F Tyler Seguin (Trade/Dallas), F Rich Peverley (Trade/Dallas), D Ryan Button (Trade/Dallas)

Games vs. Red Wings

  • Saturday, October 5, 2013 @ Boston (7:00pm)
  • Wednesday, November 27 vs. Boston (7:30pm)
  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014 vs. Boston (8:00pm)

The Boston Bruins are the reigning Eastern Conference Champions, and a really good team. Despite trading away one of their top scorers last year, they gained young experience as well as a productive forward.

The Bruins lost Jaromir Jagr to free agency, but added veteran Jerome Iginla In addition to phenomenal goaltending, having Zdeno Chara as the backbone of their defense almost insures the Bruins will contend for the top spot in the Atlantic this year.

Bruins and Red Wings alike are anticipating the revival of this Original Six rivalry this season. With three head-to-head meetings this season, fans from both squads should expect to see some great hockey and lots of physical play.

To read the original post that appeared on Sports Radio Detroit on September 18, 2013, go to www.sportsradiodetroit.com

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