By Mike Holian @MikedUpHooligan on April 12, 2014
With the NHL Playoffs just around the corner, it's now time to make some predictions. Will the Boston Bruins be the ones left standing at the end? Here are five reasons why the Bruins will win the Stanley Cup.
Boston's record vs. the Eastern Conference's top eight is an elite 17-6-1. Fewer battle scars means fresher legs in the playoffs.
After overcoming adversity in the first round in last season, the Bruins then proceeded to post an 8-1 record the rest of the way, only to face the agony of the defeat in an epic Stanley Cup Finals at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks in six games. This year, it's Cup or bust for the Bruins.
There is no question that Zdeno Chara leads this fearsome defense (2.09 GA/G) even through his 16th NHL season. The 6-foot-9, 255-pound freak of nature devours opponents who dare attempt to challenge his physicality. One player who gets lost in shuffle is Calder nominee Torey Krug. The savvy rookie and his booming shot will follow his thrilling 2013 playoff debut and cement him as a rising star.
Is there a better mix of agility in the crease and technicality in the NHL today than Tuukka Rask? Combined with the stellar defense in front of him, and he could easily win both the Vezina and Conn Smythe.
Whether it's David "Clutch" Krejci, Milan Lucic doing his best Cam Neely impression, Patrice Bergeron and his 1003 total faceoffs won (league leader), or the Bruins' third-ranked PP% and eighth-ranked PK%, this squad is prepared for everything that the NHL Playoffs will throw at them.
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