After their remarkable 2008-09 regular season performance in which they posted the top record in the Eastern Conference, it's fair to say that the Bruins' 2009-10 campaign has been disappointing to this point.
But despite their struggles to score goals, their problems on the power play and a general lack of consistency up and down the roster, the black and gold are still headed for the Stanley Cup playoffs. Game 1 of their first-round series with the Sabres is Thursday in Buffalo.
Follow along as we take you through 13 images spotlighting the highs and lows of the Bruins' regular season.
The Bruins stretch after a team practice at the TD Garden in Boston on Sept. 28, 2009, as they prepare for their season opener against the Washington Capitals. (Elise Amendola, AP)
Members of the Bruins line up and are announced prior to their season opener against the Capitals. (Winslow Townson, AP)
Bruins forward Milan Lucic, left, and Jay Harrison of the Carolina Hurricanes exchange punches during a fight on Oct. 3 at the TD Garden in Boston.
(Mary Schwalm, AP)
Players on the Bruins and Flyers benches bang their sticks against the boards showing their appreciation after a fight broke out during their March 11 tilt in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum, AP)
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask goes all out, diving back toward the goal to try to make a save on a shot by Toronto's Matt Stajan. (Charles Krupa, AP)
Everyone's keeping their eyes on the puck as Bruins Dennis Wideman (6), Tuukka Rask (in goal), Daniel Paille (20) and Zdeno Chara do their best to defend the Boston net. Unfortunately for the B's, Senators forward Daniel Alfredsson (11) shoots and scores his third goal of the game as Ottawa coasts to a 5-1 victory. (Michael Dwyer, AP)
Bruins center David Krejci and Penguins winger Chris Bourque slide into the net during their teams' game in Boston on Nov. 10, 2009.
(Winslow Townson, AP)
Bruins winger Marco Sturm celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against the Flyers in the Winter Classic on New Year's Day at Fenway Park. (Elise Amendola, AP)
Boston defenseman Mark Stuart appears ready to pound Toronto's Jamal Mayers during the second period of their game back on Dec. 10.
(Charles Krupa, AP)
Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask gets way down to block a shot by Michael Frolik of the Panthers. (Alan Diaz, AP)
Members of the Bruins stand over fallen teammate Marc Savard after a blindsided hit from Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 7. Savard was taken from the ice on a stretcher and hasn't played since. (Keith Srakocic, AP)
Bruins blue-liner Mark Stuart, left, goes in for a huge collision with Colorado's Matt Hendricks. (Steven Senne, AP)
Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman celebrates with goalie Tim Thomas after a 4-3 shootout triumph over the Ottawa Senators. (Michael Dwyer, AP)
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