Commentary

Bruins: Over or under?

Updated: October 2, 2013, 3:35 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins have reached the Stanley Cup finals twice in the previous three seasons. They won one, and lost the other.

The 2013-2014 version of the Bruins has the potential to be as strong as those two other teams -- if not stronger. Of course, a lot has to sway in the Bruins' favor -- health, production and luck -- in order for Boston to return to the Stanley Cup finals.

The Bruins have the experience and their core remains in place. More importantly, the additions of Jarome Iginla and Loui Eriksson add more of a veteran presence, maturity and the skill to help the Bruins enjoy another successful season.

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask is expected to play more games than he ever has in the NHL, and he'll need to earn every penny of his eight-year, $56 million deal. Here are some preseason point production predictions:

PROJECTED FIRST LINE

Milan Lucic


McDonald: 25 goals, 31 assists, 56 points.

Your call?

  •  
    57%
  •  
    43%

(Total votes: 1,115)

David Krejci


McDonald: 16 goals, 45 assists, 61 points

Your call?

  •  
    84%
  •  
    16%

(Total votes: 1,118)

Jarome Iginla


McDonald: 26 goals, 39 assists, 65 points

Your call?

  •  
    46%
  •  
    54%

(Total votes: 1,110)

PROJECTED SECOND LINE

Brad Marchand


McDonald: 25 goals, 25 assists, 50 points

Your call?

  •  
    72%
  •  
    28%

(Total votes: 1,031)

P. Bergeron


McDonald: 18 goals, 38 assists, 56 points

Your call?

  •  
    87%
  •  
    13%

(Total votes: 1,036)

Loui Eriksson


McDonald: 28 goals, 36 assists, 64 points

Your call?

  •  
    57%
  •  
    43%

(Total votes: 1,038)

PROJECTED THIRD LINE

C. Soderberg


McDonald: 8 goals, 16 assists, 24 points

Your call?

  •  
    75%
  •  
    25%

(Total votes: 947)

Chris Kelly


McDonald: 14 goals, 15 assists, 29 points

Your call?

  •  
    45%
  •  
    55%

(Total votes: 919)

Reilly Smith


McDonald: 10 goals, 11 assists, 21 points

Your call?

  •  
    45%
  •  
    55%

(Total votes: 901)

PROJECTED FOURTH LINE

Daniel Paille


McDonald: 10 goals, 10 assists, 20 points

Your call?

  •  
    77%
  •  
    23%

(Total votes: 827)

G. Campbell


McDonald: 9 goals, 12 assists, 21 points

Your call?

  •  
    62%
  •  
    38%

(Total votes: 832)

S. Thornton


McDonald: 5 goals, 10 assists, 15 points

Your call?

  •  
    42%
  •  
    58%

(Total votes: 850)

OTHERS

Jordan Caron


McDonald: 6 goals, 6 assists, 12 points

Your call?

  •  
    41%
  •  
    59%

(Total votes: 763)

Tuukka Rask


McDonald: (58 games) 35-20-3, 2.36 GAA, .928 SP, 4 SO

Your call?

  •  
    91%
  •  
    9%

(Total votes: 887)

Chad Johnson


McDonald: (24 games) 11-9-4, 2.67 GAA, .918 SP, 1 SO

Your call?

  •  
    46%
  •  
    54%

(Total votes: 775)


Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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