The Bruins are nowhere near as bad as some suggest. Yes, they missed the playoffs, but like the Kings, they might actually benefit from the extra rest. The blue line remains a huge question mark, especially with Dennis Seidenberg out to start the season and Zdeno Chara ailing. But there's loads to like up front and in goal, and we figure this squad to be back in the playoffs.
Weird times in Boston under new GM Don Sweeney, but there are still enough core pieces, along with the addition of streaky scorer Matt Beleskey, to keep the Bruins in the hunt. Still, the back end remains a work in progress and the Bruins need to find some help for netminder Tuukka Rask.