NHL Power Rankings: Are Bruins actually underrated?

NHL Power Rankings: Are Bruins actually underrated?

Have we underrated how good this Bruins team really is?

Those following the B’s closely will harp on the lack of a top-6 game-breaking winger with David Krejci on the second line, and wonder if that will be the team’s ultimate undoing in the postseason.

But the Perfection Line boasts three 30-goal scorers for the third straight season, Tuukka Rask is a lead contender for the Vezina Trophy after a 36-save shutout of the Flyers and the Bruins are a special teams beast against the rest of the NHL. There are so many things for the Bruins to hang their hat on as strengths on the team.

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It's about time everybody gave credit to the B’s as the NHL’s best team this season.

They are the first one to 100 points by a wide margin, they lead the NHL with a plus-53 goal differential and they are playing good, strong hockey down the stretch. They will be a handful against any team in the playoffs and they deserve that respect.

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NHL Power Rankings: While Bruins cruise, races heat up elsewhere

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NHL Power Rankings: While Bruins cruise, races heat up elsewhere

With roughly a month until the end of the regular season, it’s beginning to shape up into some excellent playoff races. 

Sure, it looks like the Atlantic Division has been wrapped up with the Bruins up nine points over the Tampa Bay Lightning, but it is going to be a Metro Division bloodbath for the two wild-card spots with the Islanders, Blue Jackets, Hurricanes and Rangers all within two points of each other and fighting for two spots. The Panthers are still in that mix as well at just five points back.

In the Western Conference, both divisions are still very much in play with the Jets, Wild, Predators, Canucks and Coyotes fighting it out for two wild-card spots while all being within two points of each other. That means there are going to be some intense, hard-fought games between these teams down the stretch, and that makes hockey fans the big winners in all of this.

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NHL Power Rankings: Re-stacking Stanley Cup field after trade deadline

NHL Power Rankings: Re-stacking Stanley Cup field after trade deadline

The NHL trade deadline is officially in the rear-view mirror and now the real spring begins to the playoffs for teams across the NHL.

Each of the 31 organizations know their full group going down the stretch and new faces will get acclimated quickly under pressure-packed games in the final six weeks.

We know the immediate winners and losers after the trade deadline. Carolina made some big moves to fortify a roster beset by injuries, and Tampa Bay clearly is going for it after spending first round picks to acquire gritty playoff-types in Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow.

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Even the Islanders and Lou Lamoriello got aggressive by trading an array of picks for third line center Jean-Gabriel Pageau and then signing him to a five-year, $30 million contract to stay on Long Island for the long haul.

Now we see if the big moves benefit those teams that decided to be bold, or if the quiet, patient approach favors playoffs-caliber teams like Dallas and Colorado that didn’t do very much ahead of the deadline.

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