Bruins have what it takes to win It all
Said team must have offensive depth, play good defense, get good goaltending and have veteran leadership. When one puts these things together, it usually makes for a championship winning formula.
While there are several elite teams in the NHL this year, one club that has the above mentioned qualities is the Boston Bruins. They may play in the weaker Eastern Conference but make no mistake about it, the Bruins are one of the best teams in the NHL and have a good shot of winning their second Cup since 2011.
Offensively, the Bruins have one of the deepest rosters in the league. As of this writing, the team has six players with at least 40 points while also having three players with at least 20 goals.
On the offensive side of the puck, the team has had strong performances from David Krejci (16 goals and 40 assists), Jarome Iginla (20 goals and 30 assists), Milan Lucic (20 goals and 28 assists), Patrice Bergeron (19 goals and 26 assists), Reilly Smith (18 goals and 27 assists), and Brad Marchand (21 goals and 21 assists). These players have been consistent all year long and are one of the main reasons why the Bruins are currently second in the league in average over three goals per game this season.
The Bruins also happen to be one of the best defensive teams in the league. As of this writing, the team is second in the league in goals allowed with a 2.17 goals against average per game this season.
It all starts with the play of their captain, Zdeno Chara. He's big, he's physical, he protects his netminder and he's tough to get around.
Following Chara's lead are the likes of Johnny Boychuk, Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski, and Dougie Hamilton. Together, this defensive corps is one of the most versatile in the entire NHL.
To be a Cup contender, a team must have good goaltending. In terms of the Bruins, they have one of the best netminders in the world in Tuukka Rask.
The 27-year-old Finnish netminder is 29-14-4 with a 2.12 goals against average (seventh in the league), a .928 save percentage (fourth in the league) and six shutouts (first in the league). He is one of the game's most consistent netminders and at his young age, has the potential to accomplish a lot in this league, including winning a Cup as the starting goaltender for this hockey club.
One also cannot discount the veteran leadership on this hockey club. Guys like Chara, Bergeron, Boychuk, Iginla, Gregory Campbell all provide leadership both on the ice and off it and as a whole, make the Bruins a much better hockey club because of it.
The above mentioned players are ones that know what it takes to win in this league and most of them won a Cup together in 2011. It is their leadership that will be counted upon come April, May, and may be even June as the team looks to win another Cup.
With six straight wins, the fourth best record in the league and all of the above-mentioned qualities, the Bruins have as good a chance as anyone to lift hockey's Holy Grail in June.