As the holiday season approaches, PHR will take a look at what teams are grateful for as the season approaches the 1/4 mark. There may also be some things your team wants in the process. We’ll take a look at what went well early on and what could improve as the season kicks off for the Boston Bruins.
What are the Bruins most grateful for?
A slight early schedule.
Normally, if you said November was coming to an end and the Bruins were seven points behind a division playoff spot, alarm bells would sound all over Boston. But with just 15 games played so far – tied for the lowest goal total in the league – there’s plenty of time to make up for that. In fact, the Bruins played year fewer games than the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, two teams ahead of them in the Atlantic standings. Sure, things won’t be perfect for Boston during the early part of the year with a 9-6 record, but that’s not the time to panic yet.
To whom are the Bruins most grateful?
The “Perfect” line.
Although two members of the team are in their 30s, the Bruins’ top team is just as devastating as ever. Brad Marchand got off to an incredible start with 20 points in his first 15 games (one point/match speed puts him fifth in the league), David Pastrnak has 15 points despite shooting at the career low of 7.6%, and Patrice Bergeron continues to be arguably the most efficient two-way hub in the league. The 36-year-old Bergeron has 13 points in 15 games, has scored just six goals in an even match (vs 11) and has won 62.7% of his encounters for up to this point – easily the highest mark. in the league from any full-time center.
Like they’ve been doing for years now, the Bruins’ frontline is shouldering the attack while they try to figure out the rest of the squad. While players like Craig Smith and Erik Haula Pastrnak, Bergeron and Marchand are keeping the team in the top half of the league in goals per game. It won’t last forever, but it still is for now.
What more would the Bruins be grateful for?
Tuukka Raskof back.
One of the biggest differentiators in Boston this year was the scoring duo, a brand new duo of Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark. So far none have been exceptional, or even above average, with a fixed 0.908 savings percentage for each. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s not what the Bruins have been for more than a decade. In each of the 12 seasons in which Rask played at least 23 games for the team, he achieved a savings rate of at least 0.913. Overall in his career, that number is .921, one of the best numbers in NHL history.
That’s not to say Swayman and Ullmark can’t play to a better level than them so far, but there’s certainly no guarantee that they will. The thing is, there’s also no guarantee that Rask will be able to play to the level he has been in the past, even if he does return to the team in 2022 at full strength. The veteran tennis player has made it clear his desire to play for Boston after recovering from hip surgery, even skating at the facility recently. If the Bruins have their eyes on another post-season run, it looks like it will still include Rask, at least in some ways.
What Should be on the Bruins Holiday Wish List?
A second line hub.
If the grid change is most noticeable, perhaps the most important is in the second lane position. David KrejciThe departure of and then back to the Czech Republic left a huge hole in the Bruins squad, a hole that has up to this point been largely filled. Charlie Coyle. It’s not that Coyle played poorly in that role; quite the opposite, as he leads all the Bruins’ non-captain forwards in goals and points in the first 15 games. But the team has said many times in the past that they think he is most effective on the wing, and having him there or even in the third line instead will only help prolong what has become a group. top heavyweight.
By getting one center in the legitimate top six at some point, it would pull everyone else on the Bruins’ roster down a peg and make them seem like a much more all-round team. It’s not always easy to find that type of player, but the team does have some extra space this time limit to add to the deadline. In fact, if they don’t make any drastic changes in the next few months, they could have over $10 million in space to make a big splash. Whether they have the assets to do so is another question, as well as whether they are in the right position – it makes sense.
https://www.yardbarker.com/nhl/articles/what_the_bruins_are_thankful_for_in_the_2021_22_season/s1_14825_36538193 What the Bruins are grateful for in the 2021-22 season