The Bruins might have one more regular-season game left on the docket, but it’s never too early to look ahead to the Stanley Cup Playoffs — starting with Boston’s first-round rematch against the Maple Leafs. Even after posting another 100-point campaign this season, the Bruins — like most NHL clubs – still have quite a few questions that need to be answered ahead of postseason play. Let’s take a look:
So … who goes where?
Despite a couple of longer-term injuries to both John Moore and Sean Kuraly (we’ll get to that in a minute), Boston should have a pretty full complement of players when it drops the puck against Toronto next week. The question is — where do you put everyone?
Already stuck with a short window to experiment with his lineup following injuries to skilled wingers such as David Pastrnak and Marcus Johansson, BruceCassidy might just have to go with his gut going into the playoffs, especially with a number of starters likely scratched for Saturday’s regular-season finale.
Thankfully, Boston’s bench boss has plenty of options when it comes to constructing his forward corps. If all of Boston’s regular defensemen are cleared for postseason action, you’d have to imagine the B’s D corps will look something like this:
Chara-McAvoy Krug-Carlo Grzelcyk-Miller
As for the forwards, well. … It gets a bit more complicated.