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.
NHL R S Pt totals— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) July 22, 2019
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.
NHL Stanley Cup updated— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) July 22, 2019
Tor, Col 10/1
Dal, Wsh, Cgy, Nsh, Fla 20/1
SJS, Pit, Wpg 25/1
NYI, NYR, NJ, Car, Ari 30/1
Phi, Chi, Edm 50/1
CBJ, Min, Det, Ana, LAK 100/1
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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