As we approach the start of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Too Many Men On The Site will be taking a look at each of the teams that have qualified. Included will be stats, record, and why they will and will not win the Stanley Cup. Next up is the Eastern Conference winning Boston Bruins.
Boston Bruins – 1st Atlantic Division – 117 points (As of this posting)
David Krejci 17G 49A 66 points
Jarome Iginla 30G 31A 61 points
Patrice Bergeron 28G 32A 60 points
Why the Boston Bruins will win the Stanley Cup:
Ever since winning their sixth franchise Stanley Cup Championship in 2011, the Boston Bruins have consistently been one of the best teams in the NHL. The Bruins clinched the Presidents Trophy as the best regular season team in the NHL, and are currently leading the league with 117 points. In comparison to the year when Boston won the Stanley Cup, the Bruins have 14 more points with only one game remaining in the regular season. The Bruins have played stellar this season, and it’s arguable that the organization has a deeper, and simply better team then the 2011 roster.
Jarome Iginla, Reilly Smith, Kevan Miller, and Carl Soderberg are just a few names of players who have contributed immensely to the Bruins success this season. In order to win a championship, it takes more than just the stars to contribute to success. The Boston Bruins are the poster boys of a team where every player contributes to the teams success.
Why the Boston Bruins won’t win the Stanley Cup:
There really aren’t any blatant reasons as to why the Boston Bruins cannot bring the cup back to Boston. Other than the fact that it’s not easy to return to the Stanley Cup Finals two years in a row, there’s only one other thing that could be crucial for the Bruins success in the post-season. Late period goals. Boston has struggled this season with giving up late period goals. We saw it two games in a row against Minnesota and Winnipeg. Boston ended up losing both those games in the shootout. The only positive being that there is no shootout in the post-season.
In addition to that, the loss of Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to a season-ending ACL/MCL tear will prove to be crucial. The Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg duo is arguably one of the best defensive pairs in the league.
Due to Seidenberg’s injury, the Bruins were forced to send a third round draft pick to the Philadelphia Flyers in return for Andrej Meszaros. Meszaros fills the void, which is all the Bruins needed, however he still is no Dennis Seidenberg. The Bruins will look for Johnny Boychuk,(who has been paired with Zdeno Chara since Seidenberg’s injury), to be the intimidating presence much like Seidenberg was when he was healthy.