Bruins Seek Redemption in Quest for 2024 Stanley Cup

Bruins Seek Redemption in Quest for 2024 Stanley Cup

Previously, the Boston Bruins made the NHL odds postseason in 14 of the past 16 seasons. The Bruins have made the NHL Playoffs for seven consecutive seasons. Boston lost a seven-game Stanley Cup Final to the St. Louis Blues in 2019. Boston won the 2011 Stanley Cup in seven games against the Vancouver Canucks. Last year, in his first season as head coach, Jim Montgomery led the Bruins to the best regular season in NHL history. However, that was offset by a first-round playoff loss to the Florida Panthers.

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Boston Bruins Team Overview

At the approach of the All-Star Break, the Boston Bruins are 30-9-9 straight up and 22-21 over/under the total. Also, Boston is 1st in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference playoff standings. Florida is seven points behind the Bruins in the Atlantic Division playoff race. Late on, Boston has covered six out of their last seven games. At the same time, the Bruins have gone under the total in four of its previous six matchups.

Boston has NHL rankings of 7th for goals scored and 5th for power play efficiency. In comparison, on defense, the Bruins have NHL rankings of 5th for goals against and 7th for penalty killing. The Bruins have the inside track to the top sportsbook seed for the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference. Correlate that Boston is a well-balanced and complete team with good special teams and goaltending. This year, the Bruins continue to have the best record in the Eastern Conference. Hence, Boston is a leading future market favorite to win the 2024 Stanley Cup.

Boston Bruins Key Players, Goaltending, and Coach

Head coach Jim Montgomery previously served in that role with the Dallas Stars. Previously, Montgomery was a success in Dallas but was fired due to substance abuse issues. Last year, Montgomery led Boston to a 65-12-5 record, good for 135 points. He was named the Jack Adams Award winner as the NHL Coach of the Year in 2023.

The Bruins split their goaltending workload between Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark.

Since 2020-21, Swayman has been a Boston goaltender with a career save percentage of .920 and a 2.24 goals-against average. He has nine career shutouts and a career record of 54-23-7. He was named to the 2024 NHL All-Star Game.

Since 2021-22, Linus Ullmark has been with the Bruins after four campaigns with the Buffalo Sabres. Ullmark dominated last season with a .938 save percentage and a 1.89 goals-against average.

RW David Pastrnak is the top Boston scorer and has reached the 30-goal mark for the seventh consecutive full season. Pastrnak has 301 career goals with 316 assists and 617 points. He has been a regular on the Bruins since 2014-15. Also, Pastrnak was named to the All-Star Game for the fourth time in his career. In 2020, he won the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s top goal scorer.

LW Brad Marchand is another Bruin mainstay who has played for Boston since 2009-10. Overall, Marchand has 372 career goals with 490 points and 862 points. Marchand has scored 20 or more goals in the past 11 seasons. He played in two previous All-Star Games.

Top defenseman Charlie McAvoy has been with the team since 2016-17. McAvoy is one of the top defensive defensemen in the NHL. Additionally, he is an effective catalyst on the power play, with 45 or more assists in the past two seasons.