Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/7/13
Well, it’s been a long wait, but hockey is finally (nearly) upon us. Although the season will be an abbreviated one due to the NHL lockout, the goal is still the same: raise the Cup at the end of the season. The Bruins did just that two seasons ago, but the question is now whether they can do it again. Boston certainly looks to have the talent to make a serious run coming out of the Eastern Conference, bolstered by stars like Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin. However, there are also some question marks on the roster, perhaps none bigger than how Tuukka Rask will respond to being handed the full-time starting duties in net. However, if Rask can put up the kind of number he already has as a backup, the Bruins should be among the best teams in the East, and anything less than a championship will feel like a disappointment. So, where do you think the Bruins will rank at the end of the year? Take Our Poll
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