Boston, MA - The dreams of an undefeated Boston Bruins pre-season have come to an end. A hot start for Boston in which they played in both China and the United States, won two shootout games, and were 4-0-0 in the pre-season. And now, with the Bruins taking on the Philadelphia Flyers one last time before the regular season starts this week, they still have yet to experience an outright loss in the pre-season. But they will not end the pre-season 8-0-0. The best they will hope for is 6-0-2. None of it matters, though, because the Bruins have proven themselves to be a capable team and they have gotten their reps in well enough to be prepared for the 2018-19 season.

After starting 4-0-0, the Bruins fell in overtime, 4-3 to the Detroit Red Wings, and again to the same team in overtime, 3-2. In the meantime, they played the Flyers once and netted a 4-3 victory in regulation.

The Bruins have looked nothing short of excellent and competitive in the late stages of the off-season and fans have a lot of reasons to be excited for the upcoming puck drop against the defending champions, the Washington Capitals.

Since it is the pre-season, a lot of players have had opportunities to shine who will not be seen as much during the regular season, but there has also been a lot to love regarding the Bruins' established stars.

It seems like Ryan Donato and Charlie McAvoy have successfully made the leap and will be able to contribute to the Bruins in major ways going into the season. But longer tenured players like Jake DeBrusk, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak aim to combine for some of the best line combinations in the entire NHL.

Additionally, Tuukka Rask has looked excellent in the time he's played in goal so far during the pre-season and the team's biggest star, Patrice Bergeron, is rearing to go as he says he'll be healthy for the season opener.

It's a great time to be optimistic about the Bruins' Stanley Cup aspirations in 2019!