NHL Power Rankings

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: 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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NHL Power Rankings: Bruins, Lightning a clear top two

NHL Power Rankings: Bruins, Lightning a clear top two

It took nearly five months into the regular season for it to happen, but the Bruins and Lightning have separated from everybody else in the NHL.

The two Atlantic Division powerhouses are just one point apart in the division, but they are both more than five points ahead of everybody else in the league. That includes a Pittsburgh team that’s been hot recently and a Washington club that’s back to their deep, dangerous selves after taking a season off last year after celebrating their Stanley Cup title.

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The Lightning have won 11 games in a row and lost two regulation games since Christmas, and they are finally living up to the massive potential within their roster. And now they’ve added the speedy, gritty Blake Coleman in an impressive deal to make them even tougher to play against.

Through it all, the Bruins have managed to stay on top of Tampa Bay, and keep one step ahead of them. That’s just as impressive as the Lightning’s scorching hot run over the last two months.

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