Today the Fansided world takes a look at the Boston Bruins. A Northeast Division foe, I don’t think there are fans in either city, Buffalo or Boston that don’t get up for a game between the hated B’s. The Bruins are the NHLs reigning champions, having hoisted the Stanley Cup this past summer. The Boston Bruins are hoping they will be the first team since the turn of the century to claim back to back championships. Despite their post season success, the Buffalo Sabres were 4-1-0-1 against Boston last year in the regular season.
Saturday November 12, 2011 – Sabres at Bruins
Wednesday November 23, 2011 Bruins at Sabres
Wednesday February 8, 2012 Bruins at Sabres
Friday February 24, 2012 Bruins at Sabres
Thursday March 8, 2012 Sabres at Bruins
Saturday April 7, 2012 Sabres at Bruins
I will admit it, after the Buffalo Sabres got knocked out of the Stanley Cup playoffs last year, I got on board the Bruins bandwagon. I figured, might as well cheer for a team in the Northeast to win the Cup. This was especially true when it came down to the Canucks and the Bruins. I just couldn’t bring myself to rooting for the Canucks. I had no respect for Luongo, Vancouver fans were whiners, and I want Buffalo to be the first team from the NHL Class of ’70 to win it all. So I took a lot of flack for rooting for the Bruins, but what can I say – its how I felt.
The Boston Bruins are also poised to repeat, becuase they set themselves up as a champion. They were not like Chicago who got into salary cap trouble after winning because of bonuses. They were able to keep the more important guys and the role players on the roster. Chicago had to incorporate a firesale of role players in order to refinance their team. Vancouver sought to win a title in the same way and is paying for it now, of course they don’t have any hardware to show for it. I refuse to call the Bruins a lock for the finals though, because the new NHL has not allowed for dynastys to be built, and a bounce here and there, or a bad year by Thomas could easily see the Bruins watching hockey and playing golf.
I would anticipate Boston making a run for the division title again and making the playoffs. They are beatable, but it will be tough. Steve offers a great insight into the Bruins of 2011-2012 in Fansided’s version of 30 in 30 here.
Since we are doing our Look at the NHL in 30 days alphabetically, our very own Buffalo Sabares are now on the clock.