Here is part 2 of the 2 part 2015-2016 Atlantic Division preview. To read part 1, click here.
In this part I will be reviewing and previewing the 4 teams that finished ahead of the Bruins in the division standings last season. All 4 teams made it into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
4th Place: Ottawa Senators (99 points)
Ottawa’s ’14-’15 season was defined by their 2nd half surge when Andrew Hammond, the Hamburglar, took the starting goaltender spot from Craig Anderson and absolutely took the league by storm. In the 24 games he played in he went 20-1-2 with a 1.79 goals against average. It was unfathomable. The rookie put on a superhuman performance while he was in net and the Sens fans ate it up. They started selling McDonalds Hamburglar masks at games and Hammond even got recognized by the fast food chain and now gets free McDonalds for life. Pretty cool, huh? Continue reading 2015-2016 Atlantic Division Preview for Bruins Fans, Part 2 »
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Last season the Boston Bruins went 15-9-6 against their Atlantic Division opponents. Good but not great, and it could have been better. The Bruins and the rest of the division have gotten better this offseason, making moves and signing free agents. Some have new head coaches and new general managers.
It’s a known fact that if you want to be a top team in the NHL you have to dominate your division or you won’t fare too well the rest of the season.
This is part 1 of a 2 part preview of the Bruins versus the Atlantic Division this upcoming season. Let’s start with the 3 teams that finished below the Bruins in the division standings last season. Continue reading 2015-2016 Atlantic Division Preview for Bruins Fans, Part 1 »
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Loui Eriksson will be always be remembered as ‘the guy the Bruins got for Tyler Seguin’. When Eriksson first came to town, the expectations were high but the results did not match the expectations. Seguin went off to Dallas and scored the highest point total of his career, 84 points, which still stands today. Unfortunately, Eriksson’s 1st season in Black and Gold was abysmal.
In the 61 games he played in the ’13-’14 season, he scored only 37 points and even worse he only scored 10 goals. You read that right, 10. That total was very underwhelming considering he used to scored 63, 71, and 73 points in prior seasons for the Dallas Stars. Continue reading Loui Eriksson Entering Contract Season »
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Entering his 3rd full season in the NHL, Torey Krug is looking to play a bigger role, possibly as an everyday top 4 defenseman on the Boston Bruins in the upcoming campaign.
“For me personally, I feel like I’m ready for that challenge. It’s up to the coaching staff as well, but right now I’m eyeing that spot, and until somebody tells me otherwise, I’m going to go take it in camp,” Krug told the Boston Globe recently.
The top 4 spot he is seeking was opened when the Bruins traded d-man Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames earlier this summer. Continue reading Torey Krug Ready to take on a Bigger Role »
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It is August and NHL news is quite thin. Sometimes this stall in news brings wacky trade rumors and/or speculation. There are some rumors out there that include the Bruins, the most recent being the Bruins being involved in talks with the Winnipeg Jets for big money defenseman, Dustin Byfuglien.
For Boston fans unfamiliar with Byfuglien, he really broke into the league during the 2007-2008 season, playing almost the full season and scoring 19 goals with the Chicago Blackhawks. He has stayed mostly consistent since then, with his best regular season performance being the 2013-2014 campaign scoring 20 goals and 56 points with the Jets. He also played a huge role in the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs for the Blackhawks, helping them win the Stanley Cup tallying 16 points in 22 games. Continue reading Boston Bruins Trade Rumor: Dustin Byfuglien »
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Maybe the most interesting thing going into the 2015-2016 NHL season is how David Krejci will perform. Krejci played only 47 games last season, missing 4 weeks due to a partial tear in his left MCL which he sustained in late February, missing a crucial part of the Bruins season.
Krejci ended the season with 31 points in the 47 games he played, his lowest point total since the 2007-2008 season. If it wasn’t for the MCL tear, Krejci was on pace to score around 60 points.
It would be ideal if Kreci could stay off the IR in 2015-2016 as he is one of the top scorers on the team, and is going to have some new linemates to work with since Milan Lucic was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in a cap-dumping move by the Bruins. Continue reading David Krejci: The Most Interesting Man on the Bruins »
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Don Sweeney is not done making moves yet.
“There are a couple free agents that we’re still having conversations with that we feel might improve our club. If the financial component works, we’re not going to stop having those conversations because it might be the right thing to do,” Sweeney said recently. Continue reading Don Sweeney Still Looking for ‘D’ Help for Bruins »
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