Boston Bruins: Identifying 3 X-Factors for the Shortened Season

January 8th, 2013 by Chris Blanchard Leave a reply »
In an abbreviated 48-game season, every single game is crucial. As a result, the Boston Bruins will need major contributions from every player on their roster in order to claim a third consecutive Northeast Division total. 

Big names like Zdeno Chara, Tuukka Rask, Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron will bear the brunt of the intensified pressure as they attempt to lead the team into the playoffs. However, the Bruins' role players are likely to play equally critical parts in the fast-paced campaign. 

Here are three Bruins who will need to step up in less glamorous roles to help make the team's lofty goals a reality:

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