Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/1/13
Sports fans tend to get really bent out of shape when they see their teams aren’t picked by “experts” to have good seasons in the bevy of preseason predictions that pop up prior to a season. With the NHL season set to start Tuesday, there are plenty of forecasts for the upcoming season all over North America. These predictions feature a host of different categories, but just about all of them include division winners and eventual Stanley Cup Final participants and winners. Unsurprisingly, the Bruins are among the favorites when it comes to the prediction game. That makes sense, too, as the defending Eastern Conference champions are returning a large amount of their core, and they have a goaltender in Tuukka Rask who’s more than capable of propelling another deep run into the playoffs. Here’s a look at some of the predictions from across the hockey world. ESPN.com Bruins predicted to win Atlantic Division: 7 out of 12 Bruins predicted to reach Stanley Cup Final: 4 out of 12 Bruins predicted to win Stanley Cup: 2 out of 12 NHL.com Bruins predicted to win Atlantic Division: 11 out of 18 Bruins predicted to reach Stanley Cup Final: 6 out of 18 Bruins predicted to win Stanley Cup: 6 out of 18 SB Nation Bruins predicted to win Atlantic Division: 7 out of 8 Bruins predicted to reach Stanley Cup Final: 1 out of 8 Bruins predicted to win Stanley Cup: 0 out of 8 CBS Sports’ Eye on Hockey Bruins predicted to win Atlantic Division: 2 out of 3 Bruins predicted to reach Stanley Cup Final: 0 out of 3 Bruins predicted to win Stanley Cup: 0 out of 3 CBC.ca Bruins predicted to win Atlantic Division: 2 out of 3 Bruins predicted to reach Stanley Cup Final: 1 out of 3 Bruins predicted to win Stanley Cup: 1 out of 3 The Sporting News Bruins predicted to win Atlantic Division: 1 out of 1 Bruins predicted to reach Stanley Cup Final: 0 out of 1 Bruins predicted to win Stanley Cup: 0 out of 1 TOTALS:  Bruins predicted to win Atlantic Division: 30 out of 45 (60 percent) Bruins predicted to reach Stanley Cup Final: 12 out of 45 (27 percent) Bruins predicted to win Stanley Cup Final: 8 out of 45 (18 percent) Click here to see the NESN.com 2013-14 predictions >> Filed under: Boston Bruins, Mike Cole, NHL, Top Stories
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