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Bruins have no respect from league experts, who expect them to miss playoffs

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SBNation season preview gives Bruins early bulletin board material.

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

As you should already know, the SBNation NHL Season Preview is out today, and I was looking at the predictions. The Bruins average a position of 5.6 among all expert picks. Here are the picks:

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.