In theory, the Bruins should have few impediments on their way to a postseason rematch with Pittsburgh. The Bruins and Penguins are the two most experienced and complete teams in the Eastern Conference. This season, the power is in the West. Five teams could contend for the Cup: Anaheim, Chicago, St. Louis, San Jose, and Los Angeles.
But the Bruins are wary of a playoff meeting with Montreal or Detroit. Their records may say otherwise. But the Canadiens and Red Wings are bad matchups for the Bruins. When the Bruins don’t play responsibly, their legs look sluggish, which is no way to play against their smaller but sleeker counterparts. The Canadiens played at 4G speed. The Bruins were at dial-up pace. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.