It’s the time of the year the Boston Bruins are going to start playing back to back games. This should answer any questions fans have about the Bruins going forward. Questions like age, goaltending, and the will to win are all things that either make or break a cup contending team.
When you look at some of the Bruins’ games they have refused to put teams away. With the exception of the Tampa Bay Lighting they have yet to really light anyone up. In back-to-back games are they going to have the legs to push in the final minutes of a close game or are they going to just coast and play for the playoffs like the Boston Celtics have done so many times?
Goaltending will be the most interesting question. Tuukka Rask is a workhorse, but can the Bruins survive with backup Chad Johnson? They have to play him at some point because Tuukka can’t play 82 games. He’s a workhorse, but remember he does have an issue staying healthy. It hasn’t been a problem lately, but a goaltender like Rask is always susceptible to groin issues, hamstrings, and quads. Rask is a flexible goaltender; it’s only a matter of time if he gets overworked that his legs may fail him and may cost him a few games in the middle of the season or down the stretch.
It will be interesting to see if the Bruins will give guys like Zdeno Chara, Jarome Iginla, and Dennis Seidenberg reduced minutes. Reduced minutes will keep legs and minds fresh going into the November and December months before for the All-Star break.
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