What the Bruins are looking at with their next defensive shake

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI – May 31: Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy speaks to his team during practice before Game Three of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Enterprise Center on May 31, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Bruce Bennett / Getty Images)

Bruins is returning to the drawing board defensively.

Anyway, the best is probably mid-November.

Not much has happened in terms of consistency from their group of seven in the backend, with Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy saying Mike Reilly will return to action on Saturday after sitting out the weekend. like a healed scratch. But Reilly’s return won’t come for seventh defender Jakub Zboril, who seems to be looking for his closest chance to stick with the Boston squad, Cassidy confirmed.

So where will that leave the Bruins?

You have four slots between Brandon Carlo, Connor Clifton, Derek Forbort, Matt Grzelcyk and Charlie McAvoy. And OK, now we’re done laughing at the idea of ​​ever scratching McAvoy, and the same goes for Carlo (scratching McAvoy is a total ‘lmao’ while Carlo is a more straightforward ‘lol’ type of reaction) , the Bruins could well consider their options between Forbort, Grzelcyk and Clifton. But to keep Zboril at bay, the most likely move would be to put him to the right, which isn’t entirely unfamiliar to Zboril.

“[Zboril] and Johnny Moore, both were told, “Hey you have to work on the right side,” noted Cassidy. “If one side has to go, a left side has to come in, or if we make a decision that we don’t like the way the right side plays, we don’t want it to be a hurt right side, “Okay, we have to go to Providence to replace him. ‘ So that’s their ear from training camp. “

If that were indeed the case, deductive reasoning (and just plain reasoning for that) would indicate that Clifton would be the odd man out for the Bruins, which has been the case for most. every defensive move the Bruins made. this season. That’s just because we haven’t seen Grzelcyk or Forbort, both left-kicks, playing off the flanks this season.

It also makes sense for Clifton to be Black and Gold’s scratch on his Sunday performance; Clifton made an ill-timed tackle to give the Canadians a 3-on-1 while Montreal’s second goal seemed out of place on Clifton. most effective, but it also places him as the seventh best pick if Black and Gold want to make any changes next time around.

“He is working out every night, which we asked for and we give him credit. That’s what we needed on the whole backend,” said Cassidy of Clifton. On the other hand, targeting the other night is something that he must avoid. It’s a game of recklessness, diving when there’s really no chance. To rush in like that, when the striker is stuck in the corner, it’s a bad decision. Those are the things we’re trying to get out of his game.”

Assuming Clifton is absent, what will that leave the Bruins in terms of pairing?

Since it involves Reilly’s return, it seems fair to say that the Bruins really need to get the Reilly-Carlo pairing going. This is the team’s second game in the 2021 knockout round and their only match in training camp. It hasn’t been a great start for the duo (they have come up with just one goal five out of five and 24 scoring opportunities in over 75 minutes this season), but it’s better than Grzelcyk- Carlo the alternative (past 8-2 in the 99-minute pattern in the fifth minute), and perhaps two top-down games helped unlock any blocks that preceded Reilly.

If the Bruins attempt to reunite Reilly and Carlo together in a second match, that leaves Bruins with a potential Grzelcyk-McAvoy or Forbort-McAvoy pairing. And for what it’s worth on that front, the Bruins have teams that are over 64-34 and have a 6-2 lead with Grzelcyk-McAvoy on the ice 5 to 5, and have teams that are ahead. up 56-45 but trailed 4-1. with Forbort-McAvoy out there at 5:05. The Bruins entering this season say they will likely move to Grzelcyk-McAvoy against smaller, faster teams, but the commitment to that has appeared a bit of a hit and miss, with Forbort getting the call. McAvoy’s left against several teams that certainly fit the ‘smaller, faster’ bill.

The Forbort-McAvoy pair is also B’s most popular pair between 2021-22, with a 111:30 ratio in five-to-five plays so far.

Bruin will see what any potential shake-up will look like on Saturday night, with the Bruin team kicking off their weekend clash in Philadelphia on Saturday before taking on the Flames at home on Sunday night. .

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