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5 Injuries That Have Slowed Down the Boston Bruins

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5 Injuries that have Slowed Down the Boston Bruins

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Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins have faced key injuries all year long, but they still sit atop the Atlantic Division. They are four points ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning and currently sit in second place in the Eastern Conference. They trail the Pittsburgh Penguins by four points, but if it wasn’t for key injuries the Bruins very well could be running away with the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference.

The Bruins have complied a 26-11-2 overall record. They are 16-3-2 while playing at the Boston Garden but have struggled on the road compiling a 10-8-0 record. The Bruins' 10-8 record on the road is a mark that most teams would be enjoy, but the standards are higher in Boston.

The Bruins have faced key injuries to defensemen and role-playing forwards. They have been forced to play Jarome Iginla on the penalty kill and were forced to call young defensemen up from the minors. If the Bruins get healthy they very well could be the best team in the NHL. They are able to roll four lines consistently, and their third and fourth lines could very well be a second line on most NHL teams.

The Bruins' merry go round of a defensive rotation has forced Tuukka Rask to work harder then he should have to. While the Bruins continue to put up wins, other players are forced to increase their workload. Zdeno Chara is averaging over 23 minutes of ice time a night, and that is scary. The Bruins need Chara fresh and healthy in the playoffs. As players get healthy look for a reduction in key minutes for key players.

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5. Adam McQuaid has Spent Significant time on the Injured Reserve

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Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Adam McQuaid is back in the lineup which is very important for the defense. With the injury to Dennis Seidenberg, McQuaid is going to be logging more minutes.

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4.Chris Kelly is One of the Best Two-Way Players on the Boston Bruins

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Chris Kelly plays key moments on the penalty kill. He is one of the Boston Bruins' best defensive forwards. In a tight game you can count on Kelly to make smart heads up plays that will not cost you the game.

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3.Daniel Paille Plays Important Minutes on the Penalty Kill

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Daniel Paille is finally back in the lineup after missing games with concussion like symptoms. Boston Bruins fans often under appreciate Paille as he is one of their best penalty killers and is consistent in five-on-five situations.

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2. Dougie Hamilton Proved Last Year he could Play in the NHL

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Bob DeChiara- USA TODAY Sports

Dougie Hamilton was on pace to play serious minutes this year. Hamilton burst onto the scene last year re-energizing the defense.

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1. Dennis Seidenberg is a Top Four Defenseman

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Perry Nelson- USA TODAY Sports

Dennis Seidenberg tore his ACL and MCL after he just signed a contract extension. He is a top four defenseman that the Boston Bruins are going to miss going into the playoffs.