There's no question the Bruins are underdogs heading into the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
With an abundance of star power on their roster, including Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jarome Iginla, the Penguins have been prohibitive favorites in the East throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs.
But the B's appear to be playing their best hockey of the season after knocking out the New York Rangers in five games, and their odds of upsetting the Pens seem much better now than they did at the start of the playoffs.
Kevin Paul Dupont sat down with Gary Tanguay and Greg Dickerson for UNO Sports Tonight on Wednesday to preview the upcoming series and take a look at just how the Bruins' chances of beating Pittsburgh have improved in the last three weeks.
“I like that they've got traction, I like that they've added these two young defensemen so I'd say better," Dupont said. "I thought they'd go seven against Toronto, that's what happened. I didn't like their chances going against the Rangers, but Tuukka's playing well, they've got those young kids on defense so in general I feel better about them.”
Dupont also discussed the B's current situation on defense, including whether or not to pair Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, and if Andrew Ference will see the ice in the conference finals.
“I truly believe that Julien will put Chara back with Seidenberg and make that his No. 1 shutdown pairing then he'll try to figure it out," Dupont said. "I think one of the ways to do that is to have a very good defensive line out there to try to make up for the deficiencies, if you've got deficiencies in the other two pairings."
Take a look at the video above to see what else Dupont had to say about the Bruins' chances in the conference finals.