Boston Bruins 2024 Stanley Cup Odds
The 2022-23 Boston Bruins were the ultimate tale of two seasons. Boston posted the best regular season record in NHL history. But in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Bruins suffered a humiliating and shocking flop in a first round loss to the Florida Panthers. A season that seemed certain for a hard look at the Stanley Cup ended with nothing. And an ugly offseason followed that has the Bruins’ prospects for 2023-24 highly uncertain.
2024 Stanley Cup Betting Odds
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In 2022-23, the Boston Bruins were 65-12-5 straight up and 46-36-0 over/under the total. Also, Boston was 1st in the Atlantic Division playoff standings. Boston had NHL rankings of 2nd for goals scored and 12th for power play efficiency. In comparison, on defense, the Bruins had NHL rankings of 1st for goals against and 1st for penalty killing.
First among Boston scorers was David Pastrnak with 61 goals, 52 assists, 113 points, and a +34. Goaltender Linus Ullmark had a .938 save percentage and 1.89 goals against average. His record is 40-6-1 with two shutouts.
Head coach Jim Montgomery was everything and more for the Bruins in his rookie campaign behind the bench (and he earned the 2022-23 Jack Adams Award to prove it). Montgomery guided Boston to the best statistical regular season in NHL history, with 65 wins and 132 points. The way he tapped into the Bruins' potential and brought out a consistent degree of excellence from the team each night gave Boston a run it won't forget -- even if the Bruins did, of course, flame out in the first round of the playoffs.
Despite that, there's little doubt Boston believes in Montgomery moving ahead.
The Bruins haven't tackled their biggest offseason challenge: re-signing restricted free agent goaltender Jeremy Swayman to a new deal. Until that's done, there's a pallor of sorts hanging over Boston. GM Don Sweeney had to earmark most of the Bruins' available cap space to eventually use on Swayman, and freeing up dollars and cents, sent Taylor Hall and Nick Foligno to Chicago in June. Sweeney brought back a fan favorite in Milan Lucic and added a sound veteran in James van Riemsdyk to fill in around the edges.
But until the Swayman contract is complete -- and until the Bruins know whether Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci will be back again -- Boston's success (or failure) to this point of the postseason might be too early to judge.
Season-by-Season Record (Last 5)
||Lost in First Round, 3–4 (Panthers)
||Lost in First Round, 3–4 (Hurricanes)
||Lost in Second Round, 2–4 (Islanders)
||Lost in Second Round, 1–4 (Lightning)
||Lost in Stanley Cup Finals, 3–4 (Blues)
Boston Bruins History
Founded in 1924, the Bruins are one of the NHL’s so-called Original Six franchises. Boston has a total of six Stanley Cup championships in its history. Their most recent Cup championship was in 2011.
The franchise's Glory Years coincided with the emergence of Hall of Fame defenseman Bobby Orr in the late 1960s. Those Big Bad Bruins featured stars such as Phil Esposito, Derek Sanderson, and Gerry Cheevers and won Stanley Cup championships in 1970 and 1972 while being in the hunt every season. Esposito reflects on that time and ruefully says that the Bruins should have won several more Stanley Cup championships. Boston was certainly loaded and one of the most complete teams in NHL history. In those days, the Bruins owned the town, which may have gone to their heads. Esposito admits to many extracurricular activities by the Big Bad Bruins that were not conducive to winning championships.
Following that glamour era, famous NHL TV commentator Don Cherry coached the Bruins from 1974 through 1979. The Don Cherry Bruins were more of a lunch-bucket team of grinders. Orr and Esposito were gone by 1976, but Cherry posted records comparable to the Big Bad Bruins. However, the Cherry-era Bruins never had a finishing scorer like Esposito or Orr, and they lacked the clutch goaltending of Cheevers.
The 2011 Bruins were a surprise Stanley Cup champion of drones and goaltender Tim Thomas, which was indicative of that era’s style of heavy hockey.
In 2019 the Bruins made the Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues. Boston hosted the seventh and deciding game but was dominated in a 4-1 loss that still haunts the team. Boston was the closest to winning the Stanley Cup in the Bruce Cassidy era.
New head coach Jim Montgomery will try and pick the Stanley Cup lock from now on.
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