What should Bruins defensive pairings be in the playoffs?

What should Bruins defensive pairings be in the playoffs?
March 7, 2014, 12:45 am
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Mike Milbury might be coming around on the playoff prospects of his old team, the Bruins.

After saying all season that the B's aren't a legitimate Stanley Cup contender, he's modified that stance.

"The way this team is built and the way Claude Julien runs this system it makes it easier for everyone," Milbury told Michael Felger on Cross Check. "They play as a block of granite in the defensive zone."

Can the Bruins young defenseman withstand the pressure of the playoffs?

"The playoffs are a different animal," Milbury said. "One mistake can compound into a huge mistake. They're not battle-tested. Can they do it against Eastern Conference powerhouses? Yes, because [after watching the rest of the East] they're not that powerhouse-y."

Felger wondered if the Bruins Will be tempted in the playoffs to move Johnny Boychuk back with Zdeno Chara to create a veteran defensive pairing as they did with Chara and Dennis Seidenberg last season?

"It depends on the opponent," Milbury said. "If you're looking at Pittsburgh, you know they've got a 1-2 punch. [Sidney] Crosby and his unit. [Evgeni] Malkin and his. Other teams are kind of a one-trick pony."