Boston Bruins: Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for Five Major Players in 2012-13

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Boston Bruins: Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for Five Major Players in 2012-13
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Tim Thomas is sitting out the upcoming season.

The Boston Bruins aren't loaded with superstars.  In fact, you could say that they don't even have one. What they do have is a lot of really good players.

Their 2011-12 season, in which they were coming off their first Stanley Cup in 39 years, was a strange one.

They struggled early.  According to NHL.com, their 3-7 record after the first 10 games was worse than any of the last 17 Stanley-Cup winning squads.

They followed that up with another record-setting month, except this time it was because of how well, not how badly, they played. 

As NHL.com notes, November saw them compile a "12-0-1 record, the first time since January 1969 (10-0-4) that they completed a calendar month without losing a game in regulation."

The 25 points were the most by a Boston team in one month since March 1983.  The B's outscored the opposition 58-24 in November, meaning the Bruins averaged 4.5 goals per game while allowing just 1.8.

They looked like a lock to repeat.  Yet, they remained rather inconsistent for the rest of the season and ultimately lost a seven-game series to the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs.

Coming off that kind of season, let's look ahead to the 2012-13 season and the best- and worst-case scenarios for five key Bruins.

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