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Revisiting Bruins Predictions for Second Half of 2023-24 Season – The Hockey Writers – Boston Bruins

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The 2023-24 regular season has come to an end and the Boston Bruins are once again a playoff team. They will face their longtime rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs, in the first round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs after defeating them in all four regular season matchups. Game 1 will be Saturday, April 20 at 8 PM EDT. 

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Back in January, I made several predictions for the second half of the season and with a few days before the playoffs begin, it’s the best time to revisit those predictions. It’s been a bit of an unpredictable season, and similar to my first half of the season predictions, I didn’t quite hit the mark on most of them.

Prediction 1: Trent Frederic Surpasses 20-Goal Mark

This prediction unfortunately did not come true as Trent Frederic finished the 2023-24 season with 18 goals in 82 games. But, it cannot be understated enough how good of a season he had. He has come a long way from the player he was two seasons ago and is becoming a reliable contributor. Additionally, he was recently awarded NESN’s 2024 Seventh Man Award.

Trent Frederic, Boston Bruins (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

He set career highs in both goals and points this and surpassed the 40-point mark for the first time in his career. After finding great chemistry on the third line with Charlie Coyle last season, he has been able to replicate and expand that productivity this season with a new center, Morgan Geekie. He has turned into a very solid, middle-six forward. 

So while it would have been exciting to see him surpass 20 goals in a season, there is still a lot to be happy about when looking back. Now, eyes turn to what he’ll be able to do in the postseason. 

Frederic had two goals against the Leafs this season, and will be a guy the Bruins are looking to step up in the series. He has zero points in nine-career playoff games.

Prediction 2: David Pastrnak Is a Hart Trophy Finalist (Again)

It will be a few weeks before NHL Awards finalists are released, but it is safe to say David Pastrnak only added to his case to be a finalist in the second half of the 2023-24 season as he finished with 47 goals and 110 points in 82 games. It is the second time in his career that he has surpassed the 100 point mark. The 2023-24 season also saw an almost-20-second-increase to his average time on ice, bringing him up to an average of nearly 20 minutes per night. 

He provides immense value to the Bruins, is the heart of the offense, and…

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