It is hard to criticize a team that leads the Eastern Conference with a 7-1-1 record, but after a rather unconvincing 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens, there is plenty of work to be done for the Boston Bruins.
There is no doubt that the Bruins can compete for another Stanley Cup with how they are presently constructed. However, there is also no doubt that there are a few places where the team can improve which would make them an even stronger contender.
After all, Boston started last season with a 3-7-0 record, so they have already made a 180-degree turnaround through the first nine games this year.
The fact that the Bruins' performance can still be nit-picked despite one of the best starts in franchise history speaks highly of where the standards are for a team that was at the bottom of the Boston sports hierarchy not too long ago.
Here are four key areas where the Bruins can improve as their season progresses.