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2017-18 Boston Bruins Season...
« on: January 23, 2018, 04:50:25 PM »

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Coming into the season, expectations were relatively tempered for a middling Bruins team that made few offseason acquistions. See below from CBS Sports:

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The smart money has to be on the Bruins doing enough to be in the Atlantic Division playoff picture, but that's probably the extent of reasonable expectations. Nothing more than another shot at sneaking in as a wild card.

https://www.cbssports.com/nhl/news/2017-18-team-by-team-nhl-season-outlook-previewing-the-boston-bruins/

But they have really come on of late recording at least 1 point in 16 straight games (12-0-4) and are 2nd in the East behind only Tampa Bay. Rask and the defense have been great ranking #1 in the NHL while Marchand, Bergeron, and Pastrnak have been leading a strong scoring offense.

I know this is a Cs blog and hockey is a clear #4 - as evidenced by the fact that there is only now a season thread for the Bruins - but I thought they deserved their due. What are your thoughts? Do the Bruins actually have a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup this year or is this just a nice run?

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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2018, 06:45:15 PM »

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Nice OT win in Calgary on the Marchand break away. At least I think it's called that. I'm not much of a hockey person

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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2018, 08:45:06 PM »

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Bruins definitely have looked fantastic this season. Have defied my earlier expectations.

Am I crazy to think this team can make a legit, DEEP playoff run?  :o

I think some youth/inexperience might hurt us, BUT we also have a good mix of veterans as well. As long as Rask does extremely well, we have a chance.
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2018, 08:16:35 AM »

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Currently have the fewest losses in all of the NHL (not including OTLs since teams still receive a point for those). They have also played the least amount of games out of the top teams and are legitimately in contention for the best record/most point in the league.

As always, the playoffs are a different story - especially in the NHL - but if Rask can continue to play as well as he has, they may actually have a real chance. That's crazy!

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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2018, 09:08:50 AM »

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Bruins definitely have looked fantastic this season. Have defied my earlier expectations.

Am I crazy to think this team can make a legit, DEEP playoff run?  :o

I think some youth/inexperience might hurt us, BUT we also have a good mix of veterans as well. As long as Rask does extremely well, we have a chance.

Not crazy. They're clearly a top team and will be expected to win a series or two. This trade deadline might be the time to actually pick up a player, versus some borderline guy they've acquired at the deadline in the past.

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I'm shocked at how the season has turned (for the good) for the Bruins. My expectation for this team, at the beginning of the season, was the same as that of CBS Sports, so for this team to be in the mix for the most points is crazy. They’ve really jelled, and I'm expecting them to go pretty deep in the playoffs.
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They may not have the most points in the league but they are definitely the bedt team in the league in my opinion. They might have the league MVP and the league's best goalie.

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Does the Bruin's recent success imply there was an issue with Claude Julien or that they had tuned him out?