Boston Bruins 2013-2014 NHL Season Preview and Predictions
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It was one of the most crushing endings to a season in recent history, but the Boston Bruins should be in great shape to get back to the Stanley Cup Finals this season after last season's heartbreaker.
Up front, the Bruins got even better despite trading away young star Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars. In return the Bruins got Loui Eriksson, a dynamic forward who should be able to outperform the inconsistent Seguin in the short term and he'll fit in great with this club. The addition of Jarome Iginla gives Boston the type of sniper they really haven't had in a long time and on paper it looks almost impossible to defend, with David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, and Brad Marchand all returning. The loss of Nathan Horton would have stung a lot more had it not been for these additions, but as of right now the Bruins might be even deeper and more talented than they were a year ago. Milan Lucic is also bound to have a bounce back type of year and if he does we should all expect the Bruins to be competing for the top spot in the Atlantic Division this season.
On defense, the Bruins will need to see progression over the course of an 82 game season from their young kids. Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug have all the skills to be big time defenseman in the National Hockey League, now they just need to prove it over the marathon length of a normal regular season slate. The loss of Andrew Ference will be felt for sure but with a top four that includes Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Johnny Boychuk, and Adam McQuaid, the Bruins should be just fine.
Tuukka Rask took over as the team's No. 1 goaltender last season and had an excellent season, posting a 2.00 goals against average and a .929 save percentage with five shut outs in 36 games last year. He's got all the talent to be an elite netminder in this league so we should expect nothing less than another great season from Rask and the B's.