Is Tyler Seguin finally ready for takeoff? That question has been on the minds of Bruins fans for about a month now.

It’s one that can’t really be answered until the Bruins step onto the Consol Energy Center ice for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. But if the last couple of games against the Rangers serve as an indicator, liftoff could be imminent.

Seguin scored his first goal of the playoffs seconds after a power play elapsed in the third period and had a power-play assist in Game 4 in New York. He definitely had his skating legs under him in the clinching Game 5, when he picked up another assist on Torey Krug’s tying goal on a power play.

Coach Claude Julien seems committed to keeping Seguin on a line with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley — the unit has not scored since being brought together in Game 7 of the Toronto series — and Jaromir Jagr on the line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. He likes what he’s seen recently from Seguin, who no longer looks like a player in the throes of a confidence crisis like he did against Toronto.

“I think Tyler’s been fine,” Julien said yesterday. “If anything, he’s competed a lot harder. He’s battling, he’s in there. On the power play he’s made some good plays and he’s done a good job. I think right now, to me, that line in the last two games was better. They’re kind of getting to know each other a little bit better and finding each other on the ice a little bit easier. (Yesterday) in practice, I saw the same thing. We know that that line is going to be an important line for us in the next round. Right now I see that line improving.”

For much of the regular season, Seguin combined with Marchand and Bergeron to make up the B’s most consistent line. At times it could be downright dynamic. In a pinch, Julien could easily throw them back together. But, in theory, anyway, keeping Seguin with Peverley (1-0-1 in the playoffs) and Kelly (0-0-0) while having Jagr with Bergeron and Marchand gives the B’s the best chance to develop a true four-line attack again.

Now it just has to click.

“I think (Peverley) can, offensively, have better numbers, there’s no doubt there. And so can (Kelly). They’ve shown that in the past,” Julien said. “Basically, when you look back at a couple years ago, it was those two with (Michael) Ryder as an offensive guy. Tyler’s very capable of producing like Ryder did. It’s just a matter of getting that magic together and doing the stuff that they need to do to be better. Like I said, I thought the last couple games they started showing some things. They didn’t necessarily show up on the scoreboard, but I thought even Game 5 they spent a lot of time in the offensive zone, making some plays, making things happen. I’m encouraged by the direction that line has taken. If it means that they become extremely good in the third round then that will certainly be a big boost for us.”