Two years, that’s how long it’s been since the Boston Bruins were apart of the Stanley Cup playoffs. However, some fans might say it felt much longer. After two disappointing seasons, in which both included a devastating collapse at the end of the season to destroy any and all hopes of making the playoffs. But, this year things finally got back on track for the big bad Bruins.
After finishing the season with a record of 44-31-7 (W-L-OTL) and achieving a total of 95 points they were able to secure a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Although making the playoffs is a good step, it only gets harder from here. It gets especially hard considering their first round matchup is against their arch rival, the Ottawa Senators. The Senators have a 44-28-10 record and 98 points. Ottawa and Boston have played each other 4 times this season, with Ottawa winning every matchup and sweeping the season series. But this Bruins team is a new one, a new coach and an energized lineup can be a recipe for disaster for the Senators, especially with the Bruins out for blood after the Senators most recently beat the Bruins in Boston during a tough 2-1 shootout loss.
For the Bruins to win this playoff series, it will have to come from their mix of veterans and young guns. The vets include Tuukka Rask, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, and Zdeno Chara who were all on the 2011 Bruins team that won the Stanley Cup. Meanwhile, the young guns include up and coming stars such as David Pastrnak, Ryan Spooner, Brandon Carlo, Frank Vatrano, and Colin Miller. These players, accompanied by other strong role players, will have to come together and play their best games ever to even gain an attempt to beat this Ottawa Senators team.