The long awaited start of the Boston Bruins’ 2013-14 NHL season is upon us. The B’s have made a lot of moves in the offseason, which means they are going to look a little different in the opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Among those gone are Nathan Horton, Andrew Ference, Jaromir Jagr, Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley, and Anton Khudobin. To replace those players the Bruins brought in Jarome Iginla, Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, and Chad Johnson. They will also use players from within the organization like Carl Soderberg, Matt Bartkowski, Torey Krug, and Jordan Caron to fill in the spots left vacated.
Here is how I believe the Bruins’ lineup will look on opening day line by line, and what to expect from each line.
Milan Lucic -David Krejci- Jarome Iginla: This line is going to be difficult to stop once chemistry is developed between the three players. Iginla brings more leadership and experience to this line than the player he is replacing in Nathan Horton. Iginla is no spring chicken, but he is still dangerous a shooter as anyone in this game, and I believe he will score 30+ goals playing on this line with Krejci and Lucic. Iggy will also play a part in resurrecting the Bruins’ powerplay. Lucic is coming off an outstanding playoff run, in which he completely made us forget about a less than spectacular regular season. Playing with childhood hero Jarome Iginla will likely mean wonders to the still young power forward, and I would be willing to bet that he will also reach the 30 goal plateau this season. Very few players can impact a game the way Lucic can. Hopefully he brings that intensity to every game this season. Krejci was recently awarded the “A” on his sweater to be rotated with Chris Kelly, and he is much deserving. There are few players on the B’s that elevate their game like Krejci does come playoff time. He will be playing with two big wingers that will create tons of space for him to operate. If all goes according to plan, it is not out of the realm of possibility to see Krejci reach career highs in point totals. This will be a dominant line.