Any good coach will tell you that “defense wins championships” and that certainly strikes true in today’s NHL. All of the recent Stanley Cup winners have had very strong defensive cores and count on their guys to chip in in all three zones for their team to succeed. The Bruins under GM Peter Chiarelli have put themselves in a very good position with the crew they’ve acquired and will look for that to translate to postseason success.
Under veteran captain Zdeno Chara‘s leadership, the B’s defense has been among the league’s leader for the past several seasons. We’ve seen some old faces go and new faces come in, but the system of defense first has been forthright with tremendous success.
It’s no secret that Chara is getting up there in age, and his years of being a Norris trophy finalist are likely behind him. He may take a step back this year, but he is still a very good defenseman. For his size, range, and shot power alone he will be a powerful presence in all three zones. Continue reading 2014-2015 Bruins Preview: Defense »