Boston Bruins: 5 bold predictions for the 2021 season

TORONTO, ONTARIO - AUGUST 09: Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals makes a save against David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins during the first period in an Eastern Conference Round Robin game during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on August 09, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - AUGUST 09: Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals makes a save against David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins during the first period in an Eastern Conference Round Robin game during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on August 09, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images) /
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May 16, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes players congratulate Boston Bruins players in the handshake line after their game in game four of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. The Bruins won the game 4-0, and clinched the eastern conference championship 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
May 16, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes players congratulate Boston Bruins players in the handshake line after their game in game four of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. The Bruins won the game 4-0, and clinched the eastern conference championship 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

1. The Boston Bruins will make the playoffs – but not by much.

The Boston Bruins will not have an easy road to the playoffs in this condensed 56-game season. Thankfully for the Bruins, all you need to make the playoffs is finish in the top four of the Eastern Division. In the East, of all divisions, that is easier said than done.

The Bruins will be tested immediately and may struggle out of the gate with injuries, young players, and new line combinations being a prominent storyline going into the season.

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The Boston Bruins should be a 3 or 4 seed going into the playoffs with juggernauts like the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins locked and loaded heading into the campaign. Even sneaky teams like the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres are threats to sneak into a 4 slot.

The Bruins have the talent to be a 1 or 2 seed heading into the postseason, but a lot of thing would have to go right for the club.

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Let’s do that Boston Bruins hockey!

For now, let’s just be fired up that the game we love is back. The Bruins remain a powerhouse team with the Stanley Cup in our sights and nothing is better than knowing you have a chance to lift Lord Stanley when all is said and done.