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The theme of these playoffs could be a nod to the Original Six, fueled by a pair of goalies who were in the system of their respective teams, yet they were non-factors, even though both Boston and Chicago have won the Stanley Cup in the last four years. It is now their time to shine.
First, we look at the Bruins, who finished fourth in the Eastern Conference. Boston was cruising along near the top of the East during the first half of the NHL regular season, playing a light schedule, certainly less daunting than most other teams as they held a few games in hand on most of their competition, by the halfway point. That schedule got much busier in the second half and, as was predicted in this space, they met with adversity and injury troubles in the face of that tougher schedule, almost limping over the finish line.
That's one big reason why their opening series against the Leafs was such a huge trial. Boston had to find the You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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