With their loss to the Ottawa Senators last night, the Boston Bruins became locked into the number four seed in the Eastern Conference and will play the Toronto Maple Leafs in the playoffs. There is much to be concerned about, and I address that below.
Number Five: Tuukka Has to Be Perfect
Tuukka Rask allowed three goals last night, and none of them were really “soft”. Yet, he still was not good enough. The Bruins are a team scoring two goals a game right now, and that’s not good enough to win in the playoffs. They did it in 2011 when they won the Stanley Cup, but Tim Thomas was perfect then. Can Tuukka Rask play like that? It’s asking for a lot.
Number Four: Lucic Better, but Not Much
Milan Lucic has played better since he was benched four games ago, but not much better. He’s had two fights in three games which is nice, but his production doesn’t justify him as better than a fourth line checking winger right now. He still makes enough mistakes where giving him much ice time is risky.
Number Three: Is Soderberg Solid?
Since coming to Boston, Carl Soderberg has two assists, six penalty minutes, six shots on goal and is a -2. Not exactly that shot in the arm the hopefuls had listed him as. To Soderberg’s defense, he is stuck playing with Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly. Once Jaromir Jagr is healthy, can he help Soderberg reach the level the Bruins think he can?
Number Two: Wade Redden?
Wade Redden was a punchline last season playing in the American Hockey League. When the Bruins traded for him, he was going to be depth. So why is he starting over Dougie Hamilton? If this is the case in the playoffs, it would be logical to second guess Claude Julien.
Number One: Bruins Need to Score
This might not be breaking news, but the Bruins aren’t scoring enough. They have scored 18 goals in their last nine games; that’s two a game. Not good enough in playoff hockey where the games get all the more tighter.