Heading into the playoffs, this year's Boston Bruins will be facing the adversity that high expectations bring. GM Peter Chiarelli made some significant moves prior to the trade deadline, acquiring the likes of Tomas Kaberle, Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. The idea was to re-emphasize that the Boston Bruins' goal was to make it to the Stanley Cup Final and anything less could be considered as not meeting expectations.
Especially considering the monumental letdown last year.
This Bruins squad has some very versatile players that will need to step up, especially in this first-round series against Montréal, and produce offensively, play with tenacity, heart and silence the critics.
A few veteran players on this team have faced a lot of scrutiny throughout the regular season for poor play, questionable hits and controversial comments being made to the media.
All of this is in the past now, the playoffs are a new season and the players have an opportunity to redefine this team.
In order to do so, veteran players will need to step up and be on-ice examples for their fellow teammates. Here are five players that will need to elevate their game throughout Boston's playoff run.