## With, fifteen games remaining the Bruins are hoping for a deep playoff run. At the trade deadline, the Bruins welcomed Brian Gionta, Nick Holden, Tommy Wingels, and Rick Nash. So far all four have contributed to Bruin victories.          Bruins Hope For Deep Playoff Run after A Flurry Of Activity                                                     Injury Woes;

The new faces could not have come at a better time as injuries continue to mount for the Bruins.  Injuries to Patrice Bergeron, David Backes, Charlie McAvoy,  and Brad Marchand have kept the Bruins at bay.  Out of the four McAvoy’s is the most serious. Despite injuries, the team has remained competitive trailing Tampa Bay with 98 points                                                                                                                                                        So far the moves are making General manager Don Sweeney look brilliant considering he didn’t have to give up that much.  This season is a big difference from last year has the Bruins made only one deal at the deadline That player turned out to be Drew Stafford who is no longer with the Bruins.
Solid Goaltending;                                                                                                                                                             Aside from getting quality play from the veterans the Rask is having one of his most clubs has gotten excellent goaltending from Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin. Rask is having one of his best years as a  Bruin with a 29-11-and a 2.31 Goals against. Backup Anton Khudobin is also contributing with a 15-5  record and a  2.48 Goals against average.
By resting Rask the Bruins have been one of the best teams in the NHL this season. The past two seasons Rask has been a victim of being overused. By the time playoff time comes around Rask has been burned out which results in an early Bruin exit from the playoffs.
Playoff Experience;
With 94 points the Bruins should be in excellent shape for the playoffs. There are however two factors against the Bruins. One is getting to the Washington Capitals. Two is having Tuukka Rask getting some playoff series victories under his belt.   Since their last Stanley Cup in 2011 Rask has not won a playoff round. Hopefully, if McAvoy can return healthy, the results may be different this year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Head coach Bruce Cassidy has the Bruins believing in themselves.  Since the trade deadline, the team has gone 7-1. If the Bruins expect to get by Washington then it will have to be a total team effort. Playing smart and not getting foolish penalties is just one area it takes to beat the Capitals.   The other area is playing good in transition. Beating the Capitals will be no easy task but keeping Rak rested maybe the Bruins best strategy.

## Best Available Free Agents Left That THe Bruins Should Target

With NHL training camps just around the corner. There are still some quality free agents available that could be an attractive bargain that the Bruins Should target. In this article, we’ll  three areas that the Bruins need to shore up on before tha start of the 2018/19 hockey season.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Playoff Aspirations;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         For the first time in three years the Bruins qualified for the 2017/18 playoffs. With a nice mixture of youth and veterans, General Manager has the Bruins going in the right direction. Despite a first_ round exit at the hands of the Ottawa  Senators postseason has returned to Causeway Street.                                                                                                                                                                                                            Improved Defense;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Boston has a nice group of veteran defenseman and youth too work with. Ageless wonder Zdeno Chara continues to pile up the minutes.  Injury prone Adam McQuaid is still productive when healthy. Youngsters Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo bring energy with every shift.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Re-sign Pastrnak;                                                                                                                             The Bruins are coming off a very quiet offseason.  First and foremost the team needs to re-sign forward David Pastrnak. Pastrnak a third _yeaplayer has put up _put up big numbers in his three short years. If the Bruins hope to go deep in the playoffs then re-signing Pastrnak would send a positive message.                                                                                                                                                                                             Available Free Agents;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   With the big name free agents already committed to other teams, there are still some quality free agents available.  One name that would be a good fit in Boston , is  Roman Polak. The 31 -year old defenseman  Polak would provide depth for the defense.  Two more names that could help the  Bruins would be Sabres blueliner, Cody Franson. Franson a thirty_seven year _old veteran would be a character player for a team on the rise.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lastly, first_year coach Bruce Cassidy needs to practice patience. This is a young team seeking an identity.  With a  veteran core group and young  players this is a team to take seriously.  If Cassidy can keep goalies Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin fresh then the Bruins could make things interesting.  Other than Pastrnak spending money on big name free agents has never been the Bruins style.                                                                                        ,                                                                       ,

## Five NHL Players That Will Breakout In 2017/18

The beauty of being a professional sports fan, is picking and choosing the sport,team, and players you wish to follow. Some fans prefer the physical attributes of a player. Some fans like the speed of a player, or some fans just like a player because of his or her personality. This article is about a  new group of players that may or may not breakout in the National Hockey league in 2017/18.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The first player we’ll focus on is Maple Leafs center Auston Mathews. Mathews was clearly the top rookie in the league last year with 40 goals and 29 assists totaling 69 points Mathews was an integral force for the Leafs last year which resulted in a playoff berth despite losing to the Caps in the first round. Mathews is also a slick puck handler and extremely dangerous on the power play. If Mathews can stay healthy,he should be a top five player in the league for a long time to come.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Buffalo has a unique player in defenseman  Jack Eichel. The Boston University product left school early to enter the NHL draft in 2015. Eichel was the top Sabre defenseman last  year tallying 24 goals and 33 assist for 57 points. Eichel just 18 years old played in 81 games. Eichel was also an player on the teams power play last year. His hard work and dedication earned him a spot on the NHL All Rookie team . Look for Eichel to be the face of Buffalos’ franchise for years to come.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Winger David Pastrnak of the Bruins is another player on the rise. With three years of NHL service, Pastrnak has been a key factor in the Bruins resurgence to playing playoff hockey. Pastrnak came into his own last year netting 34 goals, and 36 assist for 70 points. Pastrnak was also an important player on the power play. In 2015/16 he scored 15 goals,11 assists for 26 points. The question is can he keep doing it? Playing alonside Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron should only fuel him. Rewarded with a six year contract, he  should be a Bruin for years to come.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Center Alexander Barkov of Florida is one of the  fastest skaters, in the league. In his first season Barkov scored 21 goals, and 31 assist totaling 52 points . Barkov however, missed 21 games due to an injury. Barkov was a force on on the power play not to mention being a great passer.If he can stay healthy he  wii be an important piece in the Panthers push to the playoffs for a long time.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Like fellow teammate Barkov, Panther centerman Vincent Trocheck may also be a star in the making.Trocheck was the Panthers 2013 number one pick. For two years, Trocheck has quietly been one of the most productive scorers in the league. Last year Trocheck scored 23 goals, and 31 assists for 54 points. Trocheck was also healthy for all 82 games last year. The year before he scored 25goals,along with 28 assists  for 53 points in 76 games.   If he can stay healthy, he may  breakout, and be one of the top players in the league within time.