Top Storylines for the Boston Bruins' Upcoming California Road Trip

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Top Storylines for the Boston Bruins' Upcoming California Road Trip
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Boston's Zdeno Chara figures to spend this week trying to slow down his captaincy counterparts, particularly Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf.

If the start of the second half of an NHL season is a good time for a team to assess its state, then the Boston Bruins could not ask for a more telling gauge.

After officially crossing the midway point of their 82-game slate this past weekend, the Bruins will devote the next five nights to visiting all three of the league’s California venues. In so doing, they will have a chance to size themselves up against three of their fellow bigwigs.

The Atlantic Division leaders, who have logged 58 points to date, will face each of the top three clubs in the Pacific Division. Of the three, only the Los Angeles Kings have fewer points, but they only have two fewer and have only played one more game.

These matchups will do more than just spawn visions of potential June rematches for at least a few dozen observers. They could also play a role in key February and March events for Bruins players and/or front office personnel.

Click along for more on the four major storylines to follow throughout the black and gold’s Golden State excursion.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics for this report were found via NHL.com and are through games of Monday, January 6.

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