The Bruins are in St. Louis tonight to take on the surging Blues. Things haven’t been so great in Bruinland these days, as we dropped our last game to the Devils, who are out out of the playoff picture completely. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Blues thought this game was an April Fools’ prank and stayed home? Those are two points I know I’d be happy with.
Everything is a mystery. The Bruins had an optional morning skate. Most of the guys who you think “Hey, he might need some practice” showed up for practice. Some other guys did not. What will the lines look like? It’s a crapshoot.
Optional skate in St. Louis for the Bruins. Head Coach Claude Julien's media availability will take place at 11:40 a.m. local (12:40 ET).
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?