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Though the NHL season was nearly cut in half by the lockout, the late-season grind is still being felt in full force.
It must be remembered that, although the Bruins have played fewer games this season, they've played them in slightly quicker succession, and more importantly, many Bruins players participated in other leagues during the lockout, resulting in abnormally high game totals.
Rookie Dougie Hamilton, who was rested for Boston's last two contests, played 32 games with the OHL's Niagara IceDogs and represented Canada six times before joining the Bruins in January. With 39 NHL games under his belt, he has amassed a total of 75 games this season and could be at risk of hitting the infamous "rookie wall" in the near future.
Tyler Seguin played 29 games in Switzerland, giving him a grand total 70 games played, and David Krejci clocks in close behind him with 64 contests split between North America and his native Czech Republic.
Krejci's countryman Jaromir Jagr, who is seeking his first cup since winning it all 21 years ago, has played 74 games between the Czech Extraliga's HC Kladno, the Dallas Stars and now the Bruins. As the season drags on, the 41-year-old Jagr and his teammates may tire out.
Luckily the Bruins find themselves well-equipped to rest key players down the stretch with a tremendous amount of depth in the locker room.
On defense, trade deadline acquisition Wade Redden and youngster Matt Bartkowski are perfectly capable of stepping in to lend a breather to tired comrades, the teenage Hamilton or aging veterans like Andrew Ference.
On offense, reinforcement Carl Soderberg will add an extra body, meaning Shawn Thornton, Jay Pandolfo, Kaspars Daugavins and Jordan Caron will be available to jump in on any given day.
As the end of the season nears, expect all six reserves to see action as the Bruins stars freshen up for the business-end of the campaign.