This article is part of our Team Previews series.
With a 54-19-9 record that resulted in 117 points, the Bruins won the 2013-14 Presidents' Trophy (which recognizes the team with the NHL's top regular season record) for the second time in franchise history. Given the nature of the accomplishment, the Bruins seemed poised to make another lengthy postseason run, after having appeared in both the 2010-11 and 2012-13 Stanley Cup Finals.
However, injuries kept sturdy blueliners Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid out of the postseason mix, with the absence of Seidenberg's shut-down ability and penchant for eating up ice time particularly evident. As a result, the team's overall inexperience at the position beyond Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk was apparent at times. Moreover, last summer's blockbuster that sent Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley to the Stars cost the Bruins two of their fastest players, and team speed became an issue that ultimately hurt them in their seven-game defeat at the hands of arch-rival Montreal in the second round of the playoffs.
As the coming season approaches, the Bruins blue line will be bolstered by the return of Seidenberg, and the team's otherwise strong nucleus remains largely intact. The B's welcome back Vezina Trophy winner Tuukka Rask, Norris Trophy runner-up Zdeno Chara and Selke Trophy winner Patrice Bergeron, as well as bruising winger Milan Lucic and playmaking pivot David Krejci.