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Now that the brutal and longer-than-needed lockout is behind us. The 2013 Bruins are less than a week away from kicking off their 48-game season. The Bruins are one of the deepest teams in the league in terms of ability on all four lines heading into the season. Almost, if not all NHL analysts have them in their top three in power rankings. With that said, lets take a look at how this team should look heading into the season.
LW- Brad Marchand – 2011-2012 stats: GP 76 G 28 A 27 PTS 55 +/- 31 PIM 87
C- Patrice Bergeron – 2011-2012 stats: GP 81 G 22 A 42 PTS 66 +/- 36 PIM 20
RW- Tyler Seguin – 2011-2012 stats: GP 81 G 29 A 38 PTS 67 +/- 34 PIM 30
This line was one of the best lines in the NHL last season. Led by Selke Trophy winner Patrice Bergeron, this line led the league in plus/minus and amassed G 79 A 107 PTS 186 +/- 101 a season ago. And expect this line to be better this season (granted, stats will be down to due shortened season).
Bergeron not only was named the best defensive forward (finally!), but was second in the league with a 59.3 percent face off percentage. Not only was Bergy the Bruins best penalty killer but also led the B’s with 42 assists while setting up Seguin and Marchand.
Last season, Tyler Seguin came out of the gates like a bat out of hell, scoring 24 points in his first 23 games. He showed great improvements not only in his offensive game, but his defensive game as well. Expect him to be the Bruins best player on most nights this year and score almost a point per game for them.
Brad Marchand also showed great improvements in his game and stats a season ago. Expect him to record a goal/assist ratio very similar to last year and continue to be that feisty instigator we all know and love.