Can anyone beat the Bruins?

Zdeno Chara and the Bruins, 52-18 this season, are easily the East's top-ranked team. Eric Canha/CSM

What’s the dream third line? What’s next for the Washington Capitals if they miss the playoffs? How would the Dallas Stars fare against the St. Louis Blues in the playoffs? Can anyone beat the Boston Bruins? All this and more in this week’s mailbag. If you have any questions for next week, send them in right here.

Can anyone beat the Bruins in the East? With the current streak they are on, is there any team that can stop them from reaching the finals again?

Brandon B

New York, N.Y.

I like everything about this Boston team. The Bruins are built perfectly for the playoffs, with four lines that can provide waves of offense. They have an all-world center in Patrice Bergeron whose game seems to rise as the stakes rise. They have a defenseman in Zdeno Chara who is a bona fide, intimidating shutdown defenseman, and Tuukka Rask is a legit Vezina candidate. Factor in the flaws of every other Eastern Conference team, and the Bruins should come out of the East.

But as you know, Brandon, the playoffs are unpredictable.