5 Reasons Why Boston Bruins Are Their Own Worst Enemies

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5 Reasons Why Boston Bruins Are Their Own Worst Enemies

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We are passing the quarter mark of the NHL season. We have learned a lot about some teams. Some teams have surprised, some have been atrocious, and others have done exactly what we expected. The Boston Bruins are again one of the top teams in the league. The Bruins have kept up with expectations. Bruins fans expected them to be great in the East and to make another run at a Stanley Cup. They are on pace to do just that.

The Bruins have played a number of great teams and a number of poor teams. It looks as if the only ones standing in the way of the Bruins getting to another Stanley Cup are the Bruins. It’s like they enjoy making life miserable for themselves.

I would prefer to celebrate a trouncing every game, but instead, I sit there biting my nails down to nothing as they go into a shootout after shootouts against with scrub teams. There are so many things that cause the Bruins to end up in that situation. This is exactly what will keep them out of the finals. It’s time for the Bruins to fix these issues and head into the final two-thirds of the season with no problems.

Here are the five reasons why the Bruins are their own worst enemies.

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5. Tuukka Rask

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The Boston Bruins expect Tuukka Rask to make over 30 saves a game. Rask is on pace to play 70 games, and the risk of burning him out before the playoffs is very high.

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4. Dennis Seidenberg

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The Boston Bruins need Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid back in the lineup. They provide veteran experience that the young defensemen just don't have yet. They provide Zdeno Chara with much-needed rest in key situations.

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3. Flat Starts

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The Boston Bruins don't start playing hockey until the second period. They come out flat and expect Tuukka Rask to keep them in the game until they feel like playing.

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2. Chad Johnson

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Chad Johnson has only played in four games this season. While he has been an adequate backup in the games he has played, the Boston Bruins can't expect Tuukka Rask to play in 70 games this year.

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1. Brad Marchand

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Brad Marchand still has yet to produce at the same rate that he did last year. The point production isn't there, and he is not playing with as much fire or intensity as he did last year.

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