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Are the Boston Bruins in the market for depth up the middle?

What an idea it has been from Bruins´ head coach Bruce Cassidy! His Bruins lost three in a row for the first time in the season without getting at least a point. And with one simple move, a move many asked for: play David Krejci as a top line center.

And since then, the Bruins won their last three games and the newly created top line has been delivering big-time. David Krejci has one goal and five assists for 6 points and +7 plus/minus, David Pastrnak has the same numbers, but +6 rating and Brad Marchand benefited form this change the most, Marchand collected three goals and five assists with +6 rating in last three games.

Brad Marchand just recently ended his 7-game goaless drought and right after breaking that streak (against New York Islanders two weeks ago) he went three games without a point. After David Krejci´s promotion to the top line, Marchand is suddenly playing his best hockey of the season.

Bergeron´s chemistry with Pastrnak and Marchand was arguably the best in the NHL, but since Bergeron´s injury (12 games as of now), it has not been pleasant for either Pastrnak or Marchand, whatsoever with having Colby Cave centering them… But David Krejci is not Colby Cave, he is still a top-quality center in the NHL.

Good center might be the missing piece for the Bruins

Well, this has something to tell the Bruins. First, keep that top line together, of course. Secondly, the Bruins need a quality center, even with Bergeron back. Boston´s fans have been calling for reenforcement up front since forever. But who should the Bruins aim, Rick Nash-type player to combine as a right-winger with David Krejci, or someone else?

Yes, the Bruins should acquire quality center. Fluto Shinzawa from The Athletic talked about the possibility of trading for Charlie Coyle from Minnesota or Jeff Carter from Los Angeles. Bingo. That´s what the Bruins really need. When Bergeron will be back, top line should stay hot.

David Krejci has a very formidable season and Jake DeBrusk was having quite a run before being out with unfortunate concussion. But what about the third line? What about the potential scenario of Krejci´s or Bergeron´s injury? Acquiring a good quality center (like Coyle or Carter, maybe even Nugent-Hopkins) would do the trick.

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Bruins showed what could they do with improved center position

Why? The Bruins have so many great young wingers, Danton Heinen, Jake DeBrusk, Anders Bjork, or Peter Cehlarik and Zach Senyshyn from Providence. David Backes or Ryan Donato showed that they are playing their best hockey on the wing and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson has been solid in the middle, but not quite what the Bs are looking for on a consistent basis.

Without Bergeron and yet without any trade being realized, the Bruins are still able to deliver with just one good center, just what they showed in last three games. And what about having three of them? The Bruins are a play-off team with ability to deliver and get some results even with so many injuries. If they want to have legitimate chance to win the Stanley Cup, aside from not having injuries, Boston needs a help in the center position.

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Celtics/76ers Series Take

The Boston Celtics open up the semifinals against the Philly 76ers, setting up for a surely epic matchup.

After the past 10 games, the 76ers are 7-3 going up against the Celts who posted a 6-4 run the last 10.

The Celtics square up decently against the 76ers, but they will really need find that dominant player on the offensive side of the ball.

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The 76ers offense moves at its smoothest with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, which does not poise well for the injury prone Celtics already playing without Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, and possibly Jaylen Brown. Players like Terry Rozier, and Jayson Tatum, give the Celtics hope each game with massive contributions from the other starters and role players.

If the Celts were healthy I’d say the Celts in 6 but unfortunately, that isn’t the case.

If the Celtics do play without Jaylen Brown, then the 76ers should have no problem beating the Celts barring any late minute comebacks. With Kyrie, the Celtics would be even better, making a harder push against the 76ers which is amazing considering the Celtics are already good without all their star pieces missing. The Celtics are a great team and hopefully prove me wrong.

I can see the Sixers losing early to the Celts due to the home court advantage. The young Sixers will be nervous, trying to combat the crowd and the solid play that the Celtics can give teams, especially at home. I still think the 76ers will pull out the victory in game 1.

At some point the 76ers will slip up due to their youth (maybe Game 1) but I’m going with the 76ers in 6 here.

The Sixers seem to always start the game as the underdog, trailing in the first half but it’s always W at the end of the game.

Predictions

Game 1 in Boston – 76ers

Game 2 in Boston – Celtics

Game 3 in Philly – 76ers

Game 4 in Philly – 76ers

Game 5 in Boston – Celtics

Game 6 in Boston – 76ers