The Bruins are in the thick of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Bruins will face off against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 1 of the playoffs.

Here are five takeaways from Game 1:1.

Boston is in the midst of a rebuild and is playing catch-up in the standings2.

The Bruins have a good shot at the Stanley Series if they can finish in the top five.3.

There are some interesting matchups, but no clear favorites in this series.

Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf is a huge favorite to win the Calder Trophy.

Ducks goaltender Cam Ward is a big favorite to make the playoffs with his stellar performance in the playoffs so far.

Ducks winger Corey Perry is a bigger favorite to lead the team in goals.4.

The Ducks have a strong core of young players.

The defense has to step up to the plate and be more consistent.5.

Boston has to take the next step in its rebuild, and it’s up to its defense.

The team is young and talented.

If they can continue to get better defensively and continue to grow together, the Bruins can become a dangerous team.