Five things the Bruins need to accomplish before the playoffs


Sure, the Bruins sit a distant second place in the Atlantic Division, 19 points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning. But the B's also have the third-highest point total in the NHL, sitting at 103 points with three games left in the regular season.

At this point, a first-round playoff rematch against the Toronto Maple Leafs is all but assured, so the Bruins can take a big-picture view of the final week of the season, knowing that there are several areas to shore up before the Stanley Cup playoffs arrive.

Bruce Cassidy hasn't had a full complement of weapons at his disposal, but with Marcus Johansson's return, he can figure out how to arrange his forward lines to put the most effective lineup on the ice.

And in goal, the B's could use Tuukka Rask to shake off some of his late-season issues and turn back into the goalie who was so dominant for a long stretch earlier this season.

What else should the Bruins focus on in these last three regular-season games?

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