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.
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.