2018–19 Boston Bruins season

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2018–19 Boston Bruins
Eastern Conference champions
Division2nd Atlantic
Conference2nd Eastern
2018–19 record49–24–9
Home record29–9–3
Road record20–15–6
Goals for259
Goals against215
Team information
General ManagerDon Sweeney
CoachBruce Cassidy
CaptainZdeno Chara
Alternate captainsPatrice Bergeron
David Krejci
ArenaTD Garden
Minor league affiliate(s)Providence Bruins (AHL)
Atlanta Gladiators (ECHL)
Team leaders
GoalsDavid Pastrnak (38)
AssistsBrad Marchand (64)
PointsBrad Marchand (100)
Penalty minutesBrad Marchand (96)
Plus/minusPatrice Bergeron (+23)
WinsTuukka Rask (27)
Goals against averageJaroslav Halak (2.34)

The 2018–19 Boston Bruins season was the 95th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on November 1, 1924.[1] The Bruins clinched a playoff spot on March 23, 2019, after a 7–3 win over the Florida Panthers.[2]

On May 16, 2019, the Bruins advanced to the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals with a 4–0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes,[3] marking their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance since 2013.[4] They would lose in seven games to the St. Louis Blues.[5]

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 62 16 4 56 325 222 +103 128
2 x – Boston Bruins 82 49 24 9 47 259 215 +44 107
3 x – Toronto Maple Leafs 82 46 28 8 46 286 251 +35 100
4 Montreal Canadiens 82 44 30 8 41 249 236 +13 96
5 Florida Panthers 82 36 32 14 33 267 280 −13 86
6 Buffalo Sabres 82 33 39 10 28 226 271 −45 76
7 Detroit Red Wings 82 32 40 10 29 227 277 −50 74
8 Ottawa Senators 82 29 47 6 29 242 302 −60 64
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents' Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.

Conference standings[edit]

Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Washington Capitals 82 48 26 8 44 278 249 +29 104
2 x – New York Islanders 82 48 27 7 43 228 196 +32 103
3 x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 44 26 12 42 273 241 +32 100
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Top 3 (Atlantic Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 62 16 4 56 325 222 +103 128
2 x – Boston Bruins 82 49 24 9 47 259 215 +44 107
3 x – Toronto Maple Leafs 82 46 28 8 46 286 251 +35 100
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents' Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.
Eastern Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 ME x – Carolina Hurricanes 82 46 29 7 44 245 223 +22 99
2 ME x – Columbus Blue Jackets 82 47 31 4 45 258 232 +26 98
3 AT Montreal Canadiens 82 44 30 8 41 249 236 +13 96
4 AT Florida Panthers 82 36 32 14 33 267 280 −13 86
5 ME Philadelphia Flyers 82 37 37 8 34 244 281 −37 82
6 ME New York Rangers 82 32 36 14 26 227 272 −45 78
7 AT Buffalo Sabres 82 33 39 10 28 226 271 −45 76
8 AT Detroit Red Wings 82 32 40 10 29 227 277 −50 74
9 ME New Jersey Devils 82 31 41 10 28 222 275 −53 72
10 AT Ottawa Senators 82 29 47 6 29 242 302 −60 64
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Schedule and results[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The preseason schedule was published on May 18, 2018.[6]

Regular season[edit]

The regular season schedule was released on June 21, 2018.[7]

2018–19 game log

Legend:   Win (2 points)   Loss (0 points)   Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Playoffs[edit]

The Bruins faced the Toronto Maple Leafs in the First Round of the playoffs,[8] and defeated them in seven games.[9][10] They played against each other in the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, where the Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs in the First Round in seven games.[11]

The Bruins faced the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Second Round of the playoffs,[12] defeating them in six games.[13]

The Bruins faced the Carolina Hurricanes in the Conference Finals,[14] and swept the series in four games.[15] They played against each other in the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs, where the Bruins lost to the Hurricanes in the Conference Semifinals in seven games.[16]

The Bruins faced the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Finals,[17] where the Bruins lost to the Blues in seven games.[5] This marked the first time since 1990 that they had home ice advantage in the final round.[18]

2019 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:   Win   Loss

Player statistics[edit]

As of June 12, 2019[19]

Skaters[edit]

Goaltenders[edit]

Regular season[22]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Tuukka Rask 46 45 2,635:09 27 13 5 109 2.48 1,245 .912 4 0 2 4
Jaroslav Halak 40 37 2,308:07 22 11 4 90 2.34 1,158 .922 5 0 4 0
Playoffs[23]
Player GP GS TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Tuukka Rask 24 24 1,458:50 15 9 49 2.02 742 .934 2 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Bruins. Stats reflect time with the Bruins only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Bruins only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

Roster[edit]

Updated May 2, 2019[24][25]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
55 United States Noel Acciari C R 27 2015 Johnston, Rhode Island
42 United States David Backes RW R 35 2016 Minneapolis, Minnesota
37 Canada Patrice Bergeron (A) C R 33 2003 L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec
81 Sweden Anton Blidh LW L 24 2013 Mölnlycke, Sweden
34 United States Paul Carey C L 30 2019 Weymouth, Massachusetts
25 United States Brandon Carlo D R 22 2015 Colorado Springs, Colorado
22 Slovakia Peter Cehlarik LW L 23 2013 Žilina, Slovakia
33 Slovakia Zdeno Chara (C) D L 42 2006 Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
75 United States Connor Clifton D R 24 2018 Long Branch, New Jersey
13 United States Charlie Coyle C R 27 2019 Weymouth, Massachusetts
74 Canada Jake DeBrusk LW L 22 2015 Edmonton, Alberta
38 United States Ryan Fitzgerald C R 24 2013 Boca Raton, Florida
82 United States Trent Frederic C L 21 2016 St. Louis, Missouri
48 United States Matt Grzelcyk D L 25 2012 Charlestown, Massachusetts
41 Slovakia Jaroslav Halak G L 34 2018 Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
43 Canada Danton Heinen C L 23 2014 Langley, British Columbia
90 Sweden Marcus Johansson C/LW L 28 2019 Landskrona, Sweden
44 United States Steven Kampfer D R 30 2018 Ann Arbor, Michigan
85 United States Kyle Keyser G R 20 2017 Coral Springs, Florida
46 Czech Republic David Krejci (A) C R 33 2004 Šternberk, Czechoslovakia
47 United States Torey Krug D L 28 2012 Livonia, Michigan
83 United States Karson Kuhlman C R 23 2018 Esko, Minnesota
52 United States Sean Kuraly C L 26 2015 Dublin, Ohio
79 Canada Jeremy Lauzon D L 22 2015 Val-d'Or, Quebec
63 Canada Brad Marchand LW L 31 2006 Halifax, Nova Scotia
73 United States Charlie McAvoy D R 21 2016 Long Beach, New York
31 United States Zane McIntyre G L 26 2010 Grand Forks, North Dakota
86 United States Kevan Miller D R 31 2011 Santa Clarita, California
27 United States John Moore D L 28 2018 Chicago, Illinois
20 Sweden Joakim Nordstrom C L 27 2018 Stockholm, Sweden
88 Czech Republic David Pastrnak RW R 23 2014 Havířov, Czech Republic
40 Finland Tuukka Rask G L 32 2006 Savonlinna, Finland
19 Canada Zachary Senyshyn RW R 22 2015 Ottawa, Ontario
18 United States Lee Stempniak RW R 36 2019 West Seneca, New York
Canada Jack Studnicka C R 20 2017 Windsor, Ontario
21 Canada Jordan Szwarz RW R 28 2016 Burlington, Ontario
58 Finland Urho Vaakanainen D L 20 2017 Joensuu, Finland
14 United States Chris Wagner RW R 28 2018 Walpole, Massachusetts
67 Czech Republic Jakub Zboril D L 22 2015 Brno, Czech Republic

Transactions[edit]

The Bruins have been involved in the following transactions during the 2018–19 season.

Trades[edit]

Date Details Ref
September 11, 2018 (2018-09-11) To New York Rangers
Adam McQuaid
To Boston Bruins
Steven Kampfer
4th-round pick in 2019
[26]
January 11, 2019 (2019-01-11) To Ottawa Senators
Cody Goloubef
To Boston Bruins
Paul Carey
[27]
February 20, 2019 (2019-02-20) To Minnesota Wild
Ryan Donato
Conditional 5th-round pick in 2019
To Boston Bruins
Charlie Coyle
[28]
February 25, 2019 (2019-02-25) To New Jersey Devils
2nd-round pick in 2019
4th-round pick in 2020
To Boston Bruins
Marcus Johansson
[29]

Free agents[edit]

Date Player Team Contract term Ref
June 30, 2018 (2018-06-30) Chris Breen to Providence Bruins (AHL) Unknown [30]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Kenny Agostino to Montreal Canadiens 1-year [31]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Tommy Cross to Columbus Blue Jackets 1-year [32]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Austin Czarnik to Calgary Flames 2-year [33]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Cody Goloubef from Calgary Flames 1-year [34]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Jaroslav Halak from New York Islanders 2-year [34]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Nick Holden to Vegas Golden Knights 2-year [35]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Anton Khudobin to Dallas Stars 2-year [36]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Mark McNeill from Nashville Predators 1-year [34]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) John Moore from New Jersey Devils 5-year [34]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Riley Nash to Columbus Blue Jackets 3-year [37]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Joakim Nordstrom from Carolina Hurricanes 2-year [34]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Tim Schaller to Vancouver Canucks 2-year [38]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Chris Wagner from New York Islanders 2-year [34]
August 15, 2018 (2018-08-15) Paul Postma to Ak Bars Kazan (KHL) 1-year [39]
August 15, 2018 (2018-08-15) Tommy Wingels to Genève-Servette (NL) 1-year [40]
February 24, 2019 (2019-02-24) Lee Stempniak from Providence Bruins (AHL) 1-year [41]
May 13, 2019 (2019-05-13) Emil Johansson to HV71 (SHL) 3-year [42]
May 21, 2019 (2019-05-21) Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson to Växjö Lakers (SHL) 2-year [43]

Waivers[edit]

Date Player Team Ref
December 6, 2018 (2018-12-06) Gemel Smith from Dallas Stars [44][45]
January 15, 2019 (2019-01-15) Colby Cave to Edmonton Oilers [46]

Signings[edit]

Date Player Contract term Ref
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Axel Andersson 3-year [34]
July 3, 2018 (2018-07-03) Anton Blidh 1-year [50]
July 3, 2018 (2018-07-03) Sean Kuraly 3-year [50]
July 14, 2018 (2018-07-14) Colby Cave 2-year [51]
March 23, 2019 (2019-03-23) Zdeno Chara 1-year [52]
March 26, 2019 (2019-03-26) Paul Carey 2-year [53]
May 1, 2019 (2019-05-01) Anton Blidh 2-year [54]
May 3, 2019 (2019-05-03) Oskar Steen 3-year [55]

Draft picks[edit]

Below are the Boston Bruins' selections at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, which was held on June 22 and 23, 2018, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
2 57 Axel Andersson D  Sweden Djurgardens IF J20 (SuperElit)
3 771 Jakub Lauko C  Czech Republic Piráti Chomutov (ELH)
4 119 Curtis Hall C  United States Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)
6 181 Dustyn McFaul D  Canada Pickering Panthers (OJHL)
7 212 Pavel Shen C  Russia Mamonty Yugry (MHL)

Notes:

  1. The Florida Panthers' third-round pick went to the Boston Bruins as the result of a trade on February 22, 2018, that sent Frank Vatrano to Florida in exchange for this pick.[56]

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