Recap: The Boston Bruins may be this year’s sleeper team in the East because they have nothing to lose but more games. The Boston fan base is so distracted with the Patriots, Celtics, and Red Sox madness that there is absolutely no pressure on the Bruins. If they can keep their cool they will be a playoff team and once its playoff time, anything is possible in Boston. Goaltender Tim Thomas has the leagues highest save percentage at .930% and on average is making over 32 saves a game. The main problem this year has been winning the close game. They have lost 16 games, including shootouts, by 1 goal.
2nd Half –Defensemen Zdeno Chara was voted to start the 2008 NHL All-Star game and has been rock solid for the Bruins since his arrival to the team in 2006. He will lead a strong defensive core but the team still lacks a true offensive leader on the ice. No one on the team has more then 17 goals. To have any success in the playoffs, they will need to start scoring to take some pressure off the defense.
Team Name: Boston Bruins (24-18-5)
Northeast Division Standing: 3rd place
Conference Standing: 6th place
Final Standing Predictions: 3rd in Northeast Division, 6th in Eastern Conference