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BST&N’s Eastern Conference First Round NHL Playoff Predictions


There are some great matchups in the first round of the 2014 NHL Playoffs. Competing for a Stanley Cup is a beautiful thing. This is my favorite time of the year, so here are my predictions for round 1. I also want to add that I am not going to do the amount of games each series will take.


(1)Boston Bruins vs. (4)Detroit Red Wings: The Bruins have the unfortunate draw of the team that beat them in 3 of 4 meetings during the regular season. To me; that is a complete non-factor. The Wings got the better of the B’s during the regular season, but this is the playoffs. The B’s are playing better on an otherworldly level right now, and I’m not sure Detroit has the depth to beat them. Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are proven winners in the playoffs, but they are surrounded by loads of young talent with a lack of inexperience. They are also sporting a goaltender in Jimmy Howard, who is coming off his worst career season. If the Bruins stick to their game plan and contain Detroit’s speedy forwards. I believe they can win this series. Pick: Boston Bruins

(2)Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (3)Montreal Canadiens: This is a bit of a tough one to call so I am going to keep it as brief as possible. I believe the Canadiens will win this series because of their depth up front. Sure the Lightning have Steven Stamkos and Ryan Callahan up front, also surprise rookies Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson, but the Habs have Thomas Vanek, Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec, Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher, etc. They also have the advantage in goal. Tampa goaltender Ben Bishop has been outstanding this season, but he is injured and will miss game one. If the Habs can take one from the Lightning in Tampa, the series is over. Pick: Montreal Canadiens

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Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers For 3/29/14

It has been a very exciting last couple of weeks in the hub of hockey as the Bruins went on a tear following the Olympic Break and became the league’s first team to clinch a playoff spot. While their winning streak finally ended at the hands of Montreal, their point streak is still alive. Also happening were a milestone game for a hockey legend, a milestone assist for a Merlot member, another NHL debut for one rookie, the first ever home win against one opponent and the third-longest winning streak in team history. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

Jarome Iginla has been absolutely on fire during the month of March and a major reason the Bruins won 12 games in a row.

Jarome Iginla has been absolutely on fire during the month of March and a major reason the Bruins won 12 games in a row.

1: Last Tuesday’s win over the Wild was the first time the Bruins have beaten Minnesota at TD Garden (1-6-0).

1: Corey Potter played his first game with the Bruins on March 18 in New Jersey.

1: With their win over the Avalanche on March 21, the Bruins became the first team in the league to clinch a playoff berth.

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Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers – 1/18/14

Like the January weather, the play of the Bruins has cooled down in the past couple weeks and not even a trip to sunny California could really get it going. As has been the case for what seems like most of the season, another member of the team made his NHL debut, Loui Eriksson returned to Dallas where he spent seven years and the B’s became just the second team to beat San Jose at home in regulation. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

Justin Florek filled in nicely on the Merlot line for a couple of games.

 1: Justin Florek became the latest Bruin to make his NHL debut on Jan. 4 against the Jets.

1: He picked up his first NHL point in his second game with an assist on Daniel Paille’s goal on Jan. 7 against the Ducks and his first goal two nights later in Los Angeles.

1: Rookie, Kevan Miller, recorded the first fight of his NHL career when he took on Mike Brown of the Sharks on Jan. 11.

1:04: Gregory Campbell totaled 1:04 of power-play time on Jan. 4 against the Jets with Zdeno Chara in the box multiple times early in the game.

1.94: Boston is tied with L.A. having allowed the fewest goals per game in the league with 1.94 a night.

2: The Bruins became just the second team to beat the Sharks at home in regulation joining the Canucks, who did so on Nov. 7, but Boston has not given up nine goals in a game yet.

2: Against the Maple Leafs on Jan. 14, the Bruins allowed two power-play goals for the fourth time in their last seven games.

2.11: Tuukka Rask has fallen to seventh in the league with a 2.11 goals against average.

3: Adam McQuaid was plus-3 against the Jets on Jan. 4 for the first time in the regular season since being plus-4 against the Canadiens on Feb. 9, 2011.

3: Torey Krug was plus-3 in the same game for the first time in his career.

3: His three points against the Jets came after recording just three points in his previous 11 games combined.

3: McQuaid had fights in three straight games from Jan. 4-9 against the Jets, Ducks and Kings.

3: The Ducks scored goals on all three of their power play opportunities on Jan. 7.

3: Phil Kessel had three assists Tuesday against the Bruins, giving him his first three-assist game since April 18 of last year.

3: Campbell had points in three straight games from Jan. 4-9 for the first time since April 8-11 of last season.

3: Three Bruins – Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Milan Lucic – had multi-point nights against the Stars.

3:03: Just 3:03 into his first game back at the Garden on Thursday, Shawn Thornton was in the box for fighting.

Shawn Thornton squares off with Frazer McLaren of the Leafs.

Shawn Thornton squares off with Frazer McLaren of the Leafs.

4: Paille scored four goals in his first six games back after returning from a concussion on Dec. 27.

4: Carl Soderberg’s four-game point streak ended on Tuesday against the Maple Leafs.

4: The Bruins are 4-5 since losing Dennis Seidenberg for the season on Dec. 27.

4.0: Krejci scored his 10th goal of the season with 4.0 seconds left in the second period to give the B’s the 1-0 lead over Dallas on Thursday.

5: Five members of the Bruins were names to their respective Olympic teams this past week: Bergeron, Eriksson, Krejci, Rask and Zdeno Chara.

5: Paille had five shots on goal against the Ducks, his most of the year and most in a game since March 25 of last season.

5: Soderberg was 0-for-5 on faceoffs against the Sharks.

5: Rask picked up his league-leading fifth shutout of the season on Jan. 11 against San Jose.

6: Florek became the sixth Bruin to make his NHL debut this season. The six debuts are the most the team has had since the 2006-07 season, when Krejci was one of the six to play in his first game.

6: McQuaid and Krug combined to be plus-6 against the Jets two weeks ago.

6: Winnipeg goalie, Ondrej Pavalec, fell to 0-6-1 all-time at TD Garden with his team’s 4-1 loss to the Bruins on Jan. 4.

6: Winnipeg, who had only scored six power-play goals on the road coming into the game on Jan. 4, was 0-for-3 on the power play in their first meeting of the season against the Bruins.

6: Lucic, Krejci and Jarome Iginla were a combined minus-6 against the Kings.

6: Krejci’s goal in Dallas was his first point in six games after recording 20 points in his previous 18 contests.

6: Johnny Boychuk was officially credited with six blocked shots against the Stars.

6: Reilly Smith scored his sixth goal in seven games against the Jets, but since then, he has not found the back of the net.

6:51: Paille played just 6:51 against the Leafs, easily his lowest ice time total of the season. It was his lowest total since playing just 45 seconds against the Panthers on Dec. 8, 2011.

7: Soderberg and Ryan Spooner were a combined 0-for-7 in the faceoff circle against L.A. on Jan. 9.

7: Kessel had gone seven straight games against the Bruins without recording a single point.

7: Of Boston’s eight penalties against the Stars, defenders committed seven of them.

7: The Bruins have allowed at least four goals in each of their last seven losses.

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B’s Beat: David Krejci Is On His Way To A Career Year



David Krejci has been the Bruins’ best offensive center for 4-5 years now, and it seems as if he is finally translating his brilliant playoff performances into regular season success. Last season was the second time in three seasons, the B’s center led the NHL is playoff scoring with 9 goals, 17 assists, and a +13 in 22 games. Unfortunately his efforts weren’t enough to win the Stanley Cup, but they are impressive.

Krejci’s regular seasons can be a bit of an enigma. One season he will lead the team in scoring, and the other will see him struggle for weeks on end to put up any production.

Fortunately for the Bruins; Krejci is more than just an offensive center, as he possesses an excellent two-way game as well. This is obviously the product of a Claude Julien system. Coach Julien instills it upon all his young upcoming players that it is imperative they develop their defensive game, if they want to remain with the team. Krejci is an example of a player who flourished under this guidance, a player like Phil Kessel is someone who didn’t like the system.

Regardless of whether or not you are a fan of the system Claude Julien has instilled as part of this Bruins’ franchise, you can’t deny that it is extremely successful.

I believe Krejci has flourished with this team, and he has undoubtedly become one of the Bruins’ best and most reliable players at both ends of the ice. He has also grown as a leader, which has resulted in his receiving of the “A” on his sweater, as an alternate captain. He also possesses an uncanny ability to create chemistry with just about any player placed on his line.

The addition of Jarome Iginla to his line with Milan Lucic, has also apparently sparked tremendous chemistry, as they have been the team’s best line throughout the first 13 games of the season.

Krejci has 93 goals, 229 assists, and a +66 in 437 games in the NHL, all of which with the Boston Bruins. He also has an even more impressive 29 goals, 44 assists, and a +31 in 81 playoff games with the Bruins. He has been a staple on the B’s first line throughout their entire resurgence into the NHL’s elite, and it could not have been done without him. Krejci has 2 goals, 11 assists, and a +8 in 13 games this season. He is on pace for a career year with 13 goals, 69 assists, and a +50.

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Bruins Beat: Taking A Look At Tuukka Rask’s New Extension

The Boston Bruins have signed goaltender #40 Tuukka Rask to an 8 year extension worth $56 million

The Boston Bruins have signed goaltender #40 Tuukka Rask to an 8 year extension worth $56 million

The Boston Bruins have signed Tuukka Rask to an extension today at 8 years $56 million. The colossal deal will give Tuukka $7 million per season up until the 2012 NHL season. With the deal, Rask becomes tied with the Nashville Predator’s Pekka Rinne in being the highest paid goaltender in the entire league.

The news broke out of Boston late in the evening today after it had been rumored for weeks that the B’s were indeed close on resigning their young superstar goaltender to extension. Rask signed a 1 year deal prior to the start of last season to prove to the team that he was a legitimate starting goaltender. It was a ballsy moving considering the ways it could have backfired on him, but he came out in the 2012-13 lockout shortened season and put on a show.

During the regular season Rask put up an impressive line of 19-10-5, with a .929 save percentage, a 2.00 goals against average, and 5 shutouts. In the playoffs he was even better. In all 22 of the Bruins’ playoff games he had a line of 14-8-3, a ,940 save percentage, a 1.88 goals against average, and 3 shutouts.

It is a forgone conclusion that had the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup, Tuukka would have won the Conn Smythe.

So is this deal a good move for the B’s? Yes, I believe it is. The money is right, though steep. Some may argue it is too much for a player who has only really had one successful starting season (a lockout shortened one at that), and I think it is a fair argument. However, I think any one who is disappointed with the cap hit was living in a fantasy land. Rask has easily established himself as a top 5 goaltender in the NHL, and guess what? Top 5 goaltenders get paid.

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Closing The Book On The Boston Bruins 2012-13 Season

Thanks for the great year guys. See you next season

Thanks for the great year guys. See you next season

The sting of losing the Stanley Cup at home is likely still resonant for all Bruins’ players, personnel, and fans alike. The B’s word about a minute away from forcing a game 7 in Chicago, but the Blackhawks scored two goals within 17 seconds of each other and captured their 5th title in the process. Boston went home empty handed after such a magical run to the Stanley Cup finals. It is a tough pill to swallow, but hopefully time will heal these wounds, and hopefully everyone will realize how fortunate they were to see this team back in the finals for the second time in three years.

We as fans got to see a plethora of excellent performances this season. Tuukka Rask finished in the top 5 in Vezina voting. He had a remarkable year despite the questions surrounding him, with a line of 19-10-5, a 2.00 goals against average, a .929 save percentage, and 5 shutouts. He seemed up to the challenge in the postseason as well with 14-8-3 record, a 1.88 goals against average, and a .940 save percentage, and three shutouts. Rask is going to get big money in the offseason, and he will be Boston’s net minder for years to come.

Patrice Bergeron was the team’s MVP this season, and in the playoffs. His performance may not have been as obvious as Rask’s, but his willingness to do all the necessary things, big or small, for the Bruins was important. In the regular season he scored 10 goals, 22 assists, and a +24 in 42 games. In the playoffs he scored 9 goals, 6 assists, and a +2 in 22 games. Bergeron also led the NHL in faceoff percentage from the start of the regular season to the end of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Bergeron unfortunately finished second in the Selke voting, but you will never be able to convince me that there is a better two-way player in the NHL. Bergy is a warrior, and he is currently in the hospital after playing through several significant injuries during the Finals. This guy gets it.

Milan Lucic totally turned his season around after a lackluster playoff appearance. He scored 7 goals, 12 assists, and a +12 during the Bruins 2013 playoff run. It was quite the turnaround for Lucic after struggling to find consistency for most of the regular season. He is currently the Bruins’ highest paid forward, and the playoffs gave him the opportunity to look like it. Fortunately for himself, and all of the fans; he took the chance and ran with it.

David Krejci and Nathan Horton both held onto their “playoff performer” titles by exceeding expectations in the postseason. Krejci is usually the subject of most trade rumors out of Boston. Hopefully his performance of 9 goals, 17 assists, and a +13 in 22 playoff games will keep him of the rumor monger’s trade floor.

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