Complete Preview and Predictions for the Boston Bruins in 2016-17

October 4th, 2016 by Allan Mitchell Leave a reply »
The Boston Bruins narrowly missed the playoffs in 2015-16—they were technically tied for No. 8 in the Eastern Conference—but it was also clear the Stanley Cup team of 2011 was eroding and many of the youthful replacements were found wanting.

Boston's goal differential last season was +10, with the team scoring 240 and allowing 230 goals overall. Both numbers represented a spike from 2014-15—the Bruins were 213-211 that season—and the goal this year will be to keep the offensive improvement and cut down on the goals against.

Stanley Cup champions in 2011, Presidents' Trophy winners in 2014, Boston has posted some impressive seasons in this decade.

General manager Don Sweeney was busy through the summer and early fall, retaining valuable assets like Torey Krug and Brad Marchand while also buying out veteran defender Dennis Seidenberg and losing veteran winger Loui Eriksson. The big addition via free agency is David Backes, who should fit the Bruins' style well.

Here's where the Bruins stand as they head into what they hope is a year that ends with a playoff berth.

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