You know what that sound means, kids. That’s right, it’s a manatee game and the Bruins apparently had their coffee and beat the Islanders in a very important game to sit alone in first place (for now) by the score of 3-1.
OK, so that’s Halak right there in an awkward position, and we all know that as he’s out for about six weeks, Greiss is going to be the one starting in net today. Right now I’m banking on our Fine Finnish Friend, Tuukka Rask (sorry Kemp) getting the start in net for Boston.
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?