Teams below 5th in the division can't make the playoffs, so many of these experts expect the Bruins to take a step back this season. I can't say I blame them, but there is room for optimism. The forwards will still be good, Tuukka Rask will still be good...it's all resting on the shoulders of the defense. I bet the Bruins can prove these "so-called" experts wrong, however. Or blow it all up at the deadline, I guess. Don Sweeney works in mysterious ways.