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Bruins' 2020 Stanley Cup odds, projected point total rank among NHL elite

Bruins' 2020 Stanley Cup odds, projected point total rank among NHL elite

Winning back-to-back championships is one of the most difficult feats in sports.

But perhaps just as hard is making it back to the championship after losing the season before.

That's the task ahead of the Boston Bruins, who look to rebound in 2019-20 after a heartbreaking loss to the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The Bruins have had a quiet offseason to date, losing Marcus Johansson to free agency but mostly keeping their squad from 2018-19 intact. That team finished second in the NHL with 107 points, and SuperBook USA in Vegas projects the B's to be another regular-season powerhouse this season.

Boston is tied with the Colorado Avalanche for the fourth-highest projected point total with 100.5, trailing only the Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vegas Golden Knights.

The Bruins' odds to win the 2020 Stanley Cup reflect those point totals, although the B's are listed below the Avs at 14/1.

Interestingly, the Bruins and Blues both have seen their odds decrease slightly from last month, when Boston was pegged at 10/1 and St. Louis was listed at 14/1.

The most notable free-agent names are off the board, so barring a trade, this is the core Bruins roster you'll probably see come October. And Vegas expects the B's, Lightning and Leafs to once again be the power players in the Eastern Conference, which should make for a very competive Atlantic Division.

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Final NHL Power Rankings after the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Final NHL Power Rankings after the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

The dust has finally settled on a 2019 Stanley Cup playoff that was anything but predictable.

Each of the top divisional seeds lost in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and the Bruins were left as the top seed remaining headed into the second round of the postseason. They took advantage by getting all the way to the Stanley Cup Final, but the St. Louis Blues took greater advantage by going from a wild card team all the way to a Stanley Cup champ after a seven-game thriller with the Black and Gold.

Certainly, the power rankings and NHL world order will shift again after the July 1 opening of free agency, but here’s a final look at the power rankings for the 2018-19 season with props to the rightful Stanley Cup champ St. Louis Blues: 

'Celebratory' Brett Hull the highlight of St. Louis Blues championship parade

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'Celebratory' Brett Hull the highlight of St. Louis Blues championship parade

It's a beautiful day in Boston. Would be great for a.....

OK, we won't say it. 

Ouch.

And for you masochistic Bruins fans, here's a peek at the Blues' Stanley Cup victory parade.

The true highlight though was a let's say, buzzed Brett Hull, the Hall of Famer and ex-Blues great, addressing the more than half a million revelers in downtown St. Louis.

"We went, Blues!"

Twelve parades in 18 years and no Papelbon jig, Gronk beer spike or Paul Pierce coughing up a victory cigar can really match that. 

 

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