Bobby Orr joined Dennis & Callahan on Friday to discuss the Bruins as well as the Patriots and Deflategate.

Bobby Orr joined Dennis & Callahan on Friday to discuss the Bruins as well as the Patriots and Deflategate. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

The Bruins legend discussed the team’s current struggles to maintain consistency.

“In our game today, just get to the playoffs. If you can get to the playoffs, who knows?” Orr said. “Look at the Bruins, look who they’re competing against. How much stronger are the other teams? The parity is unbelievable, and if you get there, who knows?”

Added Orr: “One of the key things for all the teams is injuries. I mean, the injuries that the teams have right now and have had all season, if you can go into a playoff healthy, you’ve got a shot. I mean, nobody’s that much stronger than the next.”

One of the struggling Bruins is veteran captain Zdeno Chara, who has shown signs of slowing down in recent years.

“He’s not finished yet, but he plays a lot,” Orr said. “He’s so big. I mean, if we go back to last year’s playoffs and the Montreal series, you could see that he was tired. And they do play him a lot, and they’re kind of in a bind now. I think they’re four points ahead of Florida for the wild card position. They’ve got to play him, he’s their best defenseman. … It’s unfortunate they can’t give him a little bit of a rest.”

The Bruins occupy the eighth and final playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

The rival Canadiens have shut out the Bruins in the season series this year, winning all four games between the teams.

“I’m not sure they’re that much better than the Bruins. It’s been like this for years,” Orr said when asked why the B’s haven’t been able to find a way to beat Montreal. “The Canadiens have had great luck against the Bruins, and it could be a head thing. The Canadiens come into Boston, and they play very well in the Garden. They really do. They’ve always played well in the Garden. Going back to my time, we had issues with the Canadiens. So it’s not just happening to this Bruins team, it’s been happening for a long time.”

Orr also offered his comments on the hot topic in New England sports: the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory. Leading up to the championship win two weeks ago, the national conversation was focused on the Deflategate controversy.

“Everyone was in a hurry to judge, and that’s wrong.” Orr said. “And I think it’s now being proven that it had nothing to do with Tom [Brady] or the Pats.”

With that Super Bowl, Brady has solidified his legacy as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and is in the discussion for one of the best players in Boston sports history.

“Brady should be there. He’s a great quarterback, four championships, absolutely,” Orr said when asked if Brady deserved to be in that discussion. “Tom is a heck of a player.”

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Nik Beimler

NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB to preview the Bruins’ upcoming West Coast trip, and also to look at what might happen at the trade deadline.

Pierre McGuire

Pierre McGuire

NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB to preview the Bruins’ upcoming West Coast trip, and also to look at what might happen at the trade deadline. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

With the Bruins losers of three of their last four games, and in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, McGuire feels the team might need to shake things up at the trade deadline.

“The Bruins are a team that might need to shake the tree,” said McGuire. “Not really hard so they lose a lot of the leaves on the tree, but shake it so the tree gets everybody’s attention. I do think there might be a tune out factor, or there could be a burnout factor — maybe some guys just need to be traded to get them a new leaf on life.”

“I wouldn’t mess with the depth of guys — I really wouldn’t,” he added. “I don’t think the depth guys are a problem. I think what they really need to do is add more offense. If you at it, this is a team that doesn’t have a 20-goal scorer on their roster. That is a little bit scary when you look at the depth they have down the middle. … When you have that kind of depth down the middle and you’re not getting scoring from the wingers in particular, that is problematic.”

The Bruins are set to begin a five-game road trip, beginning Friday night in Vancouver. McGuire feels this is a big stretch for the black and gold.

“They definitely have to go on a run here,” said McGuire. “I am telling you, this is the first time I can honestly tell you guys this … this is the first time the Bruins have to scoreboard watch.”

Over the last four games, the Bruins have scored just a total of eight goals. McGuire noted goal scoring has been one of the biggest issues this season.

“They are not scoring goals easily enough,” said McGuire. “There is some haphazard defensive play. There isn’t enough consistency for 60 minutes in their game. Tuukka Rask has this huge problem playing against the Montreal Canadiens — they are going to have to sort that out. There’s been a little bit of a lack of discipline. That was troubling the other night in that loss to Dallas — two short-handed goals against, that speaks to the lack of intensity and speaks to guys not paying attention to little details.

“This is the first time I will say this, because I am bullish on this team, I still like this team a lot, but this is the first time this year that they have to scoreboard watch and that is not a real comfortable thing for a team that is probably underachieving right now.”

This past week Tyler Seguin returned to Boston with Dallas. McGuire offered his perspective on why things didn’t work out in Boston, and said it wasn’t the system.

“He always comes up with the same thing, and I always respect him for it, and he says, ‘I wasn’t prepared. I wasn’t prepared at the time I was playing in Boston to play at that level all the time.’ It was too easy for him. He needed to be stared straight,” McGuire said. “He needed a trade. He needed to go to a place where he realized, ‘I had something really good and I better work to never lose something good again.’ He’s a young kid and he needed that. Most young players need something to wake them up. I don’t know if it would have happened in Boston for him, I really don’t.

“The one thing I would say, the system didn’t hurt Milan Lucic a couple years ago, and it didn’t hurt Jarome Iginla last year, and it hasn’t hurt [David] Krejci most of his career there. It definitely hasn’t hurt [Patrice] Bergeron, so I don’t think the system is a problem. I think the system is actually pretty good with this team.”

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Pierre McGuire talks about the struggling Bruins and what the team needs to do heading towards the playoffs.

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Stars forward Antoine Roussel has been given a two-game suspension for cross-checking Adam McQuaid in the throat, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced Thursday.

Stars forward Antoine Roussel has been given a two-game suspension for cross-checking Adam McQuaid in the throat, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced Thursday.

Roussel was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for the play, which occurred in the first period of Tuesday’€™s Stars win over the Bruins. McQuaid was slow to get up but was not injured on the play.

The Department of Player Safety’€™s video noted that McQuaid had dropped his stick and was in the process of dropping his gloves to fight when Roussel cross-checked him. It called Roussel’€™s cross-check “€œproactive, not reactive” given that Roussel was clearly not using his stick to defend himself. To watch the league’€™s video, click here.

This is the second time Roussel has been disciplined this season, as he was fined in November for sucker-punching Sharks defenseman Justin Braun.

Rousell was originally signed by the Bruins as an undrafted free agent. He played 42 games for the Providence Bruins and five games for the Reading Royals in the 2010-11 season.

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DJ Bean

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We check in with the play-by-play voice of your Boston Bruins, Jack Edwards from NESN breaks down the Bruins current downturn in productive play.

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The urgency was clearly marked in the first words Zdeno Chara spoke after the Bruins dropped a 5-3 decision to a Dallas Stars team not currently in the Western Conference playoff field.