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The regular season is almost here. The Bruins are 3-1-1 (7 out of 10 points; not bad) in the preseason with three games left to play (in Montreal, in Ottawa, and at home against Columbus). Boston defeated Montreal on Sunday, should easily take out Ottawa, and took Columbus to the limit Tuesday. 6-1-1 for the preseason is not unfeasible. That would give give the B’s good momentum for next Thursday’s season opener at the TD Garden against Washington.
However, recent games against the Rangers and Blue Jackets have resulted in Boston giving up too much. The offensive half of the team is alright, though defense has been lacking, both giving up and netting 14 goals so far this preseason. Ten of the goals allowed have been split between the Rangers and Blue Jackets in Boston’s last meetings with them; continued performances like that can not continue if the Bruins want to be a contender.
With that in mind, here are some strategies the Bruins can use to boost their chances to lead the way this season: