The Bruins have a new face on their blue line and a veteran who’s on pace to eclipse 30 goals and 75 points.
It’s a different story in Boston.
With the exception of a couple of players on the roster, this season has been a bit of a wash.
There have been a few bright spots, but the rest of the roster is the complete opposite.
A lot of people thought the Bruins would be a dark horse this season.
They had a decent year and the talent was there, but it didn’t translate into a title.
They also missed out on a couple great young players and the trade deadline hit too quickly for many to believe.
The team didn’t get as much of a boost as the Washington Capitals did last year, and a lack of playoff games meant that the team had to rely on the young players that were still on the team.
This year, things are looking up for the Bruins.
They’re looking like a contender in their own right, and while they’re not a Stanley Cup contender yet, the Bruins are well on their way.
There are many reasons for this, but most importantly, the players are coming back.
The Bruins will need to play with more passion and intensity this season, and that means the play of Tuukka Rask will get a lot more physical.
The defense will also need to get better.
The goaltending depth will be a bit thin this season after they lost Braden Holtby for the season with an upper-body injury, and there are some question marks in the back end of the Bruins’ blue line.
The Bruins have the best goalie in the NHL in Tuukko Rask, and they have the talent to make up for it.
But this season is about Rask’s development.
The veteran is on pace for his best season since he won the Vezina Trophy with the Buffalo Sabres in 2015.
The last time he won a Hart Trophy was in 2007, and Rask has never been one to disappoint.
Rask is the best goaltender in the league right now, and he’s on track to become the face of the franchise.
The team has had some bad luck recently, but Rask isn’t going anywhere.
He has shown a knack for making big saves and getting the goalie on his heels, and it’s a great sign that Rask can play with the best of them.
He’s also a great skater and can make the quick passes that make up the play.
The last thing the Bruins need is another struggling season.
The first half of the season was filled with injuries, and the team was forced to play some of its best games of the year against a very talented Capitals team.
If the Bruins can stay healthy and stay competitive for the rest.
They will face a tough road to the playoffs, but they have a chance to take the first overall seed in the East if they can continue to play this way.
If they can hold off the Chicago Blackhawks, they’ll have the No. 1 seed and the No (or maybe No. 2) seed.
The two teams play three games in six days in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
This will be the last chance for Boston to show off what it has to offer in a championship year.