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9 In Boston’s 89 seasons, the Bruins have notched nine 50-win seasons in the franchise’s history. Projected Roster HEAD COACH: CLAUDE JULIEN LW C RW 1st Line: Milan Lucic David Krejci Loui Eriksson 2nd Line: Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron Reilly Smith 3rd Line: Carl Soderberg Ryan Spooner Jordan Caron 4th Line: Daniel Paille Gregory Campbell Chris Kelly D D #1 Zdeno Chara Dougie Hamilton #2 Dennis Seidenberg Johnny Boychuk #3 Torey Krug Adam McQuaid G Starter Tuukka Rask Backup Niklas Svedberg Scoreboard 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 PLAYOFF FINISH Conf SF Cup Finals Conf QF Stanley Cup Champions Conf SF REGULAR SEASON 54-19-9 28-14-6 49-29-4 46-25-11 39-3-13 POINT TOTAL 117 62 102 103 91 SHOOTOUT RECORD 3-6 4-3 9-3 2-6 10-9 GOALS SCORED 261 131 269 246 206 GOALS ALLOWED 177 109 202 195 200 POWER-PLAY % 21.7 14.8 17.1 16.2 16.6 PENALTY KILL % 83.7 87.1 83.5 82.6 86.4 Defense Even with the offensive explosion last season, the Bruins are built around their stout defensive play. The 177 goals they allowed was 16 fewer than any other team in the East, and their +84 goal differential dominated the rest of the NHL. The closest team in the Conference, the Pittsburgh Penguins, managed to do just half as well at +42. Perennial Norris Trophy candidate Chara is the team’s anchor in front of world-class goalie Tuukka Rask. Chara’s second place finish in the Norris voting was the eighth time the 6-9 Czech defenseman has finished in the top five. Chara will once again be paired up with 21-year old Hamilton, who has exploded into the NHL since he was the ninth overall selection in the 2011 draft. His increased confidence has been evident throughout training camp as his position on the top defensive pairing is locked in. There is a logjam of talented defenders taking up the rest of the rotation. Dennis Seidenberg returns to the team after tearing both his ACL and MCL in a game last December. Johnny Boychuk stepped up big in Seidenberg’s absence, finishing the season in the top ten in plus/minus, a feat shared by four other Boston teammates. Their options for the final defensive pairing are plentiful. Torey Krug will likely man one of the spots. Scrappy fan-favorite Adam McQuaid has bounced back from an injury plagued year and looks poised to have a strong season. But he’ll have to fight off the likes of Kevan Miller, Matt Bartkowski and David Warsofsky, who will all see ice time this year. There’s a good chance that one or more of these defenseman will find themselves in a new sweater come October. There is little doubt about how strong the forwards will be in their own end. Led by Bergeron and Krejci, the Bruins have created a culture where every forward is expected to fight on both ends of the ice. Goaltending A big part of the Bruins defensive success over the last decade can be attributed to their goaltending, and they have one of the best in the NHL once again. Rask won the Vezina Trophy last season, and it was the


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