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Around The NHL In 30 Days. Day Two: Boston Bruins.

The writers here at the FanSided Sports Network have begun their NHL season preview.  I’d like you to skate over to each of our sites daily and see what our talented hockey writers have to say about their teams’ upcoming season.  Remember, we’re all fans and we have high expectations for our team, and previews are what they are…..previews.   It will be interesting to see what the gang here has to say about their respective clubs.  Will the Washington Capitals finally challenge for the Cup, what will happen to the Boston Bruins as they try to defend their championship, and can the Vancouver Canucks survive the “heartbreak” of losing in the Finals.

Today lead writer for Causeway Crowd Steve Kendall gives us his thoughts on the Stanley Cup Champions of this past season, the Boston Bruins.  Steve is hoping that the boys in Beantown have what it takes to repeat, something that’s a challenge for most any team these days.  Without too much change, or improvement, the Bruins in my mind will have to get the same or even better production from players that could be on the downside of their careers.  In addition it doesn’t look as though Marc Savard will be playing due to concussion symptoms.  When you couple that with the retirement of Mark Recchi, this Bruins team will have their hands full.  Here’s Steve’s opening remarks:

When the 2010-11 season started, not many people were picking the Boston Bruins to hoist the Stanley Cup. However, on June 15, it was Zdeno Chara and his teammates finishing off a seventh-game win over the Vancouver Canucks to capture Boston’s first NHL championship since 1972.

Will the Bruins suffer from a Stanley Cup “hangover”?  My gut tells me that they won’t repeat.  They’ll be playoff bound without a doubt, but too many other things would have to happen for this team to repeat as champions.  It’s also kinda remarkable that Ex- Panther Nathan Horton, who was known for his lethargic ways as a player during his time here, was able to celebrate as a Cup winner in his first year with his new team.  I’m not shy in saying, I’m not too happy about that.  I was happy for Tim Thomas as he basically proved the pundits wrong.  And while I really didn’t want either team to win,  I’d like to thank Roberto Luongo for his inspiration in helping Thomas and the Bruins vault themselves to victory.

You can read the entire preview at Causeway Crowd here.

Next up on Saturday will be the Buffalo Sabres.  Can hardly wait to see what Tim at Sabre Noise has to say.

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