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Early Questions for this Bruins Team

After a nightmare start by the Bruins as they lost 7–0 to the Capitals, the Bruins bounced back with a 4–0 win over the Sabres, and a 6–3 win over the Senators in the home opener. Although these are teams that the Bruins should beat, the fact that they won while hardly playing their best hockey shows that this team can be one of the best in the league once again. However, despite the bounce back ability the Bruins showed in their last two games, there are still a few glaring questions surrounding this team.

Will secondary scoring be a problem again?

Three games might be a little too soon to start questioning secondary scoring, but it has been a problem year after year for the Bruins. The Bruins’ top line has factored into every goal the team has scored thus far, and it is clear that this is not a good recipe for winning on a consistent basis. So far, the Bruins’ second line has combined for a total of two points this year, and if they do not get their act together and start putting up points soon, then this team is going to have some major issues going forward.

Is this team too inexperienced?

One of the Bruins’ biggest flaws last season was the fact that their team was too inexperienced, especially come playoff time. Now this year, not much has changed except everyone has at least a year under their belt. However, in a preseason where we saw a few players that looked like they may be ready to make the jump to the NHL, it is possible that this team could get even younger and more inexperienced with the emergence of these young guys. Barring any major injuries, it is likely that this team will not need to add any more youth, but I would not be surprised if a few young guys get a crack at the big club this season. However, if the Bruins need to rely on rookies this season like they had to last year, then they could be in big trouble come playoff time.

Is Tuukka’s time almost up in Boston?

Perhaps one of the most frequently asked questions that surrounds the Bruins is, is Tuukka Rask worth the money anymore? Rask is a good goaltender in the NHL, but he is the thirdhighest paid goalie in the entire league, and when the thirdhighest paid goalie in the league chokes come playoff time, then you do indeed start to wonder if it is worth it to even carry his hefty contract any longer than you must. Now, could having Jaroslav Halak (who has been a starting goaltender in the NHL) battle Rask for the starting spot be the motivation that Tuukka needed to elevate his play and start looking like he deserves his money?  So far, Tuukka has not stepped up to the task this season, as in his two starts combined he has 1 win and a .840 save percentage; mediocre at best. With Halak posting a 32 save shutout in his first start, Rask should watch out because his starting spot may be in serious jeopardy.

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Jonathan Hopkins, Sports Editor