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Another disappointing finish as the Bruins missed the playoffs a second straight year. With all of the moves they made last summer, they looked like a bubble team to make it. Then they exceeded expectations before fading dramatically down the stretch. They have some interesting decisions to make.
The Bruins are flirting with disaster after losing seven of their last nine. They're still in the mix for a playoff spot, but barely. One can only imagine what happens this offseason if Boston misses out. The Bruins still got that Thursday game against the Red Wings to control their own fate.
Just when the Bruins thought they could breathe easier about making the playoffs, they went on a five-game losing streak where the offense dried up. It's put them at risk to drop to the wild card or, worse, out entirely.
Consistency continues to be an issue for the Bruins, especially when it comes to scoring goals. They've lost five of eight, but have also gone through a grueling portion of their schedule in recent weeks. It doesn't get much easier from here, though.
The Bruins have won seven of their last 10 in climbing to the top spot in the Atlantic Division. The Bruins' offensive attack continues to impress while being fueled by Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.
Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand have been on a tear pretty much all year, but especially lately as the Bruins look to close in on first in the Atlantic Division. They've won six of their last 10 to close the gap on the Lightning and Panthers.
The Boston Bruins held on to Loui Eriksson and added veteran forward Lee Stempniak -- who is having a tremendous season -- and puck-moving defenseman John-Michael Liles. The message from Don Sweeney is clear: Win now.
The Atlantic race remains interesting, but the third-place Bruins have a tough decision to make ahead of the deadline. Should they hold onto forward Loui Eriksson and risk losing him in free agency? Or should they try to get some value in a trade that doesn't set them back this year? Not an easy answer to those questions.
Brad Marchand is a goal-scoring machine all of a sudden. Currently on a seven-game streak and having scored goals in 12 of his last 13 games, we haven't seen a goal-scoring run like this since 1999. He has 28 goals this season, matching his career best. It has helped propel the Bruins in a tight Atlantic race.
The Bruins are 7-2-1 over their past 10 games. They still haven't done a great job of protecting home ice, which has been a problem all season. That said, Brad Marchand is on fire with nine goals in his last nine games.
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The Bruins' defense was a known trouble spot coming into the year. However, in Zdeno Chara's absence, their lack of depth was exposed. Throw in a less-than-stellar start from Tuukka Rask and it's a bad recipe without some changes.
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