Bord Foren

logo-news

Boston Bruins must trudge through regular season to see if they can deliver in playoffs

BOSTON BRUINS

COACH: Jim Montgomery (125-55-15 over three seasons, 65-12-5 in Boston).

SEASON OPENER: Oct. 11 vs. Chicago.

DEPARTURES: F Patrice Bergeron, F David Krejci, F Taylor Hall, F Tyler Bertuzzi, F Garnett Hathaway, D Dmitry Orlov.

Other news
Columbus Blue Jackets' Emil Bemstrom, left, celebrates after scoring as teammate Alexandre Texier (42) watches during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Columbus Blue Jackets will try to look past a disastrous, injury-plagued season and coaching dramaFILE - Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone (61) skates with the Stanley Cup after the Knights defeated the Florida Panthers 9-3 in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Tuesday, June 13, 2023, in Las Vegas. The Knights won the series 4-1. The Vegas Golden Knights head into the season as the NHL's defending champions. But a host of stacked challengers await once the season begins. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)Lessons from last season could shape how the NHL’s top contenders vie for the Stanley Cup in 2024FILE - Tampa Bay Lightning's Alex Killorn (17) skates with the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, March 5, 2023. New Anaheim Ducks forward, Killorn will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a broken finger. Killorn broke his finger Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023, in an exhibition game against San Jose. He signed a four-year, $25 million deal with Anaheim in July after playing the previous 11 seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker, File)New Anaheim Ducks forward Alex Killorn is out 4-6 weeks with a broken finger

ADDITIONS: F Milan Lucic, F James van Riemsdyk, F Morgan Geekie, F Patrick Brown, D Kevin Shattenkirk, D Reilly Walsh.

GOALIES: Linus Ullmark (40-6-1, 1.89 GAA, .938 save percentage) and Jeremy Swayman (24-6-4, 2.27, .920).

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK

LAST SEASON: The Bruins set NHL regular-season records with 65 wins and 135 points to win the Presidents Trophy before losing in the first round of the playoffs to eventual Eastern Conference champion Florida. (The Panthers lost in the Stanley Cup Final to Vegas, coached by Bruce Cassidy, who was fired by the Bruins the previous year.)

STRENGTHS: The Bruins have a superstar top end, with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak at forward, Charlie McAvoy on defense and Vezina Trophy-winning Linus Ullmark in goal. They return six defensemen from last year’s team, led by McAvoy, and have added the veteran Shattenkirk.

WEAKNESSES: The retirement of captain Patrice Bergeron could leave a leadership vacuum. He was replaced by Marchand, who doesn’t carry the same cachet as the six-time Selke Trophy winner – in the locker room or around the league.

WHAT TO EXPECT: The Bruins have won the Presidents Trophy twice in four seasons and figure to have another successful regular season. But they’ve won only two playoff series in that span, and that’s the problem. Boston fans will wait out the regular season to see if this team can deliver in the playoffs.

READ:   Coach-to-player technology could have prevented sign-stealing scandal hitting college football

PLAYER TO WATCH: Marchand has taken on what he called a “full-time job” by replacing the universally respected Bergeron as captain. But we will see if he is able to manage the gravitas of leadership with the passion that has gotten him in trouble on the ice, especially earlier in his career.

___

AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL