Five bold Bruins predictions: Who's here, who's not and who's in net?
Here are five predictions, some of them of the bold variety, for 2019 as it concerns the Bruins and their journey toward taking the next step as a team. It would appear there is plenty of promise in the months ahead for the Black and Gold and now it’s up to them to be bold and allow great forces to come to their aid.
1) Jaroslav Halak will be the No. 1 goaltender for the Bruins in the playoffs
Tuukka Rask and Halak played extremely well in this stretch when injuries could have crippled the Bruins, but the guy who's still top-two in goals-against average and save percentage has started earning the big starts in the second half of the season.
2) David Pastrnak will score 50 goals this season
Pastrnak has 23 goals in 37 games and is on pace for 51 goals and 104 points for the season. Now he has Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand back and healthy, and Pastrnak figures to see an uptick in the offense now that the team is getting healthier.
3) Anders Bjork will be traded by the Feb. 25 deadline
Of the Bruins young forwards and prospects, Bjork is the one who has the best combination of remaining value while probably not factoring into Boston’s future plans as they already have Danton Heinen and Ryan Donato.
4) Wayne Simmonds will be in Black and Gold at the end of the season
The free agent-to-be is 30 and the Flyers are going absolutely nowhere right now, so it seems a sure bet that the tough, skilled Simmonds is going to be moving at the trade deadline. He’s on pace for 26 goals and 110 penalty minutes, which is exactly the kind of productive, tough power forward the B’s need.
5) Brad Marchand will play in the Winter Classic this time around
All he really has to do is get through two games without any incidents to play in the outdoor game against the Blackhawks at Notre Dame on New Year's Day. That’s something he couldn’t do the last time around when he was suspended for the Winter Classic against the Habs in Foxboro. Here’s betting this time he keeps his nose clean and stays out of trouble.