Complete Preview for the Boston Bruins’ 2014-15 Season – Bleacher Report
The Boston Bruins have been consistently excellent the past four seasons; their point totals over that time (projecting 2013 for 82 games) are 103, 102, 106 and 117 last season.
Only the Pittsburgh Penguins have more points over that time in the East.
The Bruins have 40 postseason wins the past four years; only the Kings (43) have won more.
Despite a crushing seven-game loss in the second round to the Montreal Canadiens and the loss of a 30-goal scorer in free agency, there’s no reason to think the Bruins are ready to take a step back in 2014-15.
What We Learned in 2013-14
There really wasn’t all that much to learn, as it was the same old dominant Bruins getting by with the same formula of excellent defense, tremendous goaltending and an offense that doesn’t get enough credit.
Save for the lockout season, the Bruins have been top five in scoring in three of the past four seasons. The Bruins were third at 3.15 goals per game in 2013-14 in large part due to Jarome Iginla, a free-agent acquisition that potted 30 goals for the Bruins.
We also learned that general manager Peter Chiarelli built Iginla a contract with easily attainable bonuses, one that put the team in a cap crunch for this season and forced Iginla to sign with the Avalanche.
The one thing that may have been somewhat surprising was how the Bruins survived—heck, thrived—with defenseman Dennis Seidenberg missing half the season with an injury.
The Bruins went 28-9-7 after Seidenberg exited the lineup in late December, leaning on a defense corps that proved to be deeper and better than many imagined.
As for their playoff loss to the Canadiens, that one is harder to explain.
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