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Calling the Bruins streaky would be putting it mildly. They're back on the upswing with five straight wins to put them into third place into the Atlantic. They have three important games remaining, so there's still time for the bad kind of streak.
The Bruins are doing just enough to keep themselves ahead of the Senators and Panthers, but the stumbles by the Red Wings actually could help the B's launch into third place in the Atlantic. This season has been beyond crazy.
It looked like the Bruins had their mojo back earlier this month with a five-game winning sreak. They went on to lose five straight and their wild-card spot. If they don't figure things out soon, they'll have all offseason to ponder what the heck happened.
The Bruins allowed themselves to get just close enough to feel the heat, but they haven't gotten burned. With seven wins in their last nine games, they've rebuilt the cushion in the wild-card race. It's not insurmountable, but it will be difficult for the Senators and Panthers to catch up.
The Bruins were on a concerning decline a week ago, but have rebounded a bit. It helps that the teams chasing them couldn't take advantage of the door Boston opened. The B's aren't safe yet, but their four-point advantage in the wild-card race is a little more comfortable now.
The Bruins struck out on some deals, per reports, that would have made them better. Instead, they brought in Maxime Talbot and Brett Connolly. They're marginal upgrades over what the B's had, if that.
Just as it appeared the Bruins were rebounding from six straight losses, they lose David Krejci for much of the remainder of the regular season. This has been a season of many tough blows for the Bruins. GM Peter Chiarelli has to be working the phones now.
Four consecutive losses has the Bruins on thin ice. The good news for Boston is that the nearest teams outside of the playoff picture haven't been able to take full advantage of this swoon. The Bruins remain four points clear of ninth-place Florida.
Boston has pretty much solidified a spot in the playoffs, barring a monumental and unforeseen collapse. The Bruins are 8-3-1 over their last 12 games and look like a team most opponents wouldn't want to see in the first round.
The Bruins are soaring in the New Year. After starting 2015 with a pair of losses, Boston has rattled off eight wins in its last 10 games and own the top wild card spot. They still have a ways to go to catch the Atlantic leaders, though.
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A lack of overall team depth could remain a concern as the cap-strapped Bruins lost three straight. It's far from panic time, but Boston needs more from pretty much everybody.
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