NHL Burning Questions: Boston Bruins

Welcome to the latest file in THN.com’s NHL-team-by-team breakdown of big questions before the start of the upcoming regular season. On this day, we’re looking at Three Burning Questions for the Boston Bruins:


1. How will Boston play before its injured key players return to action? Very few NHL teams could lose their first-line winger and top defenseman before the season even begins, and still manage to stay in the race for a playoff berth. But that’s the challenge for the Bruins, who won’t have star forward Brad Marchand and No. 1 blueliner Charlie McAvoy until December. (They’ll also start the season without veteran D-man Matt Grzelcyk.) This will put tremendous pressure on the rest of Boston’s lineup, and in an Atlantic Division that has significantly improved teams in Ottawa and Detroit, those absences may well put the Bruins in a significant hole they could have problems climbing out of.