A new season for the NHL begins Monday night.
And the NHL’s newest home will be the biggest, the most popular, and the most unpredictable, but the Bruins’ home arena could have just as much to do with it as the NHL.
The Bruins, as you know, have been on the ropes for years.
They’ve had a terrible run since the NHL relocated to Boston in the mid-1990s, and they’ve struggled in the playoffs in recent years, with the Boston Bruins winning just three games in the past three seasons.
But in the most recent season, they managed to sweep the Western Conference semifinals, and then they managed just as well in the Stanley Cup Final last spring.
It’s been a roller coaster ride, but they’re now finally back on track, and if their recent playoff success is any indication, they’re going to have a very tough time making it back to the Cup Final.
But how could that be?
The Bruins won the Stanley Cups in 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2008, and a new season with a different team could be just as unpredictable.
The Bruins haven’t had a winning season since 2008-09, and their record is 29-48-5, with a 3.07 goals-against average, 2.19 goals per game, and 2.50 goals-per-game average in their past four playoff games.
So what could possibly go wrong?
Well, the NHL could have a lot to do, and it could be a lot of different things.
But first, let’s look at what could go wrong with the Bruins and what the NHL should do about it.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs, Part 2If the Bruins are going to make it back into the playoffs, they’ll need to win a lot more games than they did in the regular season.
That means they need to have the best record in the NHL and they’ll also need to get the best goaltending, but there’s no way they could have that with a team that has a terrible offense.
The most recent record the Bruins have had since 2009-10 is a .905 goals-allowed, .916 goals-for percentage, and .721 goals-rebounds per game record.
That’s not good.
This year’s Bruins team, though, is not quite the same team that won the Presidents’ Trophy in 2010-11, and that team was led by Brad Marchand and Ryan Spooner, two of the top goaltenders in the league.
This team has two of them, as Brad Marchis has played in just eight games since the start of February, and Ryan Grabner hasn’t played in a single game since March 8.
And then there’s Tuukka Rask, who has a 1.88 goals-save percentage and a .917 save percentage in six games.
He’s been stellar in the first three games of the season, but he hasn’t been able to get any help from his goaltenders, and his overall save percentage is just 0.849, so he hasn.
This season, he’s been in the bottom five in the League in save percentage at 0.911, and he’s given up a total of 11 goals in the last two games.
It has to be a big issue.
But Rask has been good enough to get this far, and to get to the Final, he’ll need a lot from his team.
So what can the Bruins do to make this happen?
The best thing they could do would be to keep the puck out of the net.
That was a big problem last season, and with all the injuries and suspensions, it might be easier to get some players back in the lineup than it was last season.
They could also try to keep them on the ice, but if they don’t have the puck, that’s when the Bruins should be able to make some shots.
They’ll be looking to play a lot defensively, and when the shots go in, they should be playing with a lot less pressure than they have been this season.
There are a lot different options.
The best option is to give up the puck on the first or second or third or fourth period, which has happened more often than not this season, as Boston has allowed the most goals against in the Western Division.
They also have the third-fewest goals-off-shots allowed in the entire League.
But there’s another option, and this one is even better than the one they tried last year.
The Penguins used a similar tactic in their playoff run last year, and those teams are getting much more out of their goalie.
The goalies in Pittsburgh have a .915 save percentage this season and are allowing the fewest goals against per game at 2.15, which is just 1.3 goals per contest better than their regular season save percentage.
They’re also allowing fewer shots on goal, and Pittsburgh has a 2.36 goals-on-goal average, which would be better than just