BOSTON – As we all know, the 2018-19 Boston Bruins season was one that ended in heartbreak. The season got off to a rocky start, but once the injuries dissipated and the Bruins found their groove, they tore off one of the all-time best NHL winning streaks. This elite level of hockey carried them all the way into the post-season where they mowed down the competition, including a sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals. Sadly, the Bruins lost in seven games to the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Finals, however.
But they're back tonight! And they just might be better than ever. It will remain to be seen if the Bruins can recover from the devastating hangover that the Stanley Cup loss is sure to provide them with, but I have very high hopes for the club.
Much of my hope comes from the fact that head coach Bruce Cassidy has steadily improved the team over the course of three seasons in Boston. Beginning with a first round playoff exit in 2017, Cassidy coached the team to the second round in 2018 and, of course, the championship round last year. He has yet to devalue the guys around him, but anything short of a title will show that he can, in fact, fall backwards.
But to be honest, I am going to go out on a limb here and I am going to genuinely predict a Boston Bruins championship by June 2020. I just think the team is too talented, too deep, and too complete to not finish what they started last year. With another year of experience under the belts of the young guns, I fully believe that the Bruins are going to make a major run at greatness. My official prediction is not just that David Pastrnak will win the Hart Memorial Trophy. It's also that the Bruins are going to defeat the Colorado Avalanche in the 2020 Stanley Cup Finals, four games to two. You heard it here first.
Tuukka Rask will show, once again, why he is an elite goaltender. And the rest of the team will show that they can bring it. Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, and Brad Marchand can be the best line in all of hockey when they're on. I think they're about to be scorching hot for the next nine months.
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