The Boston Bruins have exceeded the expectations of many prognisticators and have put themselves into a strong position to make the playoffs heading into the February 29 trade deadline. However, despite the strides made this season, they have significant deficiencies on defense that must be addressed if they want more than a one-round playoff run.
It’s clear what the Bruins’ need is: defensive help, particularly at the #3-#4 defenseman spots. The Bruins have the 3rd-best offense in the league, so acquiring an offensive defenseman doesn’t help much. They’re looking for stability in their own end. What are the defensive options available? What can the Bruins offer? What might be their game plan? Who might be willing trade partners?
GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! (At least from where I’m sitting, anyway.) The Bruins hope to continue their winning ways when they face the Wild this morning afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Luckily for the Bruins, the Wild are neither excelling nor showing any energy at this point in the season, having gone 1-7-2 in their last 10. Yikes.
The last time the Bruins and Wild played each other, the Bruins won 4-2 and Loui Eriksson scored a hat trick. That was pretty sweet.
Burning questions for this game:
Which Bruins team is going to show up this morning afternoon?
Why do I keep forgetting how to pronounce “Parise”?
Which is more fun to say: Nino Niederreiter or Jyrki Jokipakka?
If the Bruins…I don’t know…just casually borrowed Marco Scandella after the game, and just…you know…casually took him on the rest of this road trip, how long would it take for the Wild to notice?
Anyways. grab your favorite beverage of choice and let’s watch some hockey.