The Boston Bruins are currently riding a three-game winning streak after an impressive shutout at home against the Montreal Canadiens. Starting the season off on the fence with one side being the playoffs and the other a disappointing mid-round draft pick. Then the Bruins made an announcement that surprised everyone. Former Head Coach Claude Julien was fired. However, the move has revitalized the team in pretty much every way possible.
Bruce Cassidy has lead the Bruins to 3 wins, making him 3-0 while being the bench boss. An impressive feat all things considered.
Now, the Bruins find themselves still on that fence. Wondering if a birth in the postseason is still a valid possibility. Unfortunately, Boston now has a five-day break at a time where they seem to be finding their groove. So, with the spare time, let’s review the overall statistics of the Boston Bruins as a whole as well as some individual stats.
The Boston Bruins are in the middle of the road when it comes to goals for per game. As of February 14th, Boston sits 17th in the league with a goals-for-per-game of 2.67. In comparison, the Pittsburgh Penguins lead the league in this stat, scoring an average of 3.54 goals per game. Bruins are a little better in total amount of goals scored in the season, with 155. Boston also has an average power play as well. Through the 58 games that the Bruins have played this year, they have a 20.1% with the man-advantage. Boston does indeed lead the league in the average amount of shots taken per game, with an average of 34.4 shots.
When it comes to goals against, Bruins are a tad-bit better than they are in the goals for category. As of this point, the black and gold have a GA/GP of 2.64, giving them a 0.03 more goals per game. Far from great, but it’s getting them wins. Boston has also allowed 2 fewer goals than they have scored, allowing 153 goals so far. When it comes to the penalty kill, Boston ranks top of the league when it comes to the PK%, killing off 86.3% of the power plays that they have faced. The blueliners have seemingly done their job well, as Boston currently ranks second in the National Hockey League when it comes to the least amount of shots against on average. Bruins’ opponents manage to put on 26.5 shots upon Boston goaltenders. This ranks only behind the Los Angeles Kings (25.7).
Now on two the individual stats for the Bruins roster.
Brad Marchand: 24-34-58 | 58 GP
David Pastrnak: 25-23-48 | 51 GP
David Krejci: 14-25-39 | 58 GP
Patrice Bergeron: 14-19-33 | 55 GP
Ryan Spooner: 8-21-29 | 57 GP
David Backes: 12-14-26 | 50 GP
Dominic Moore: 8-9-17 | 58 GP
Tim Schaller: 7-7-14 | 51 GP
Austin Czarnik: 5-8-13 | 47 GP
Frank Vatrano: 8-5-13 | 24 GP
Riley Nash: 3-7-10 | 58 GP
Matt Beleskey: 2-5-7 | 33 GP
Jimmy Hayes: 2-2-4 | 43 GP
Peter Cehlarik: 0-2-2 | 2 GP
Noel Acciari: 0-2-2 | 19 GP
Anton Blidh: 1-1-2 | 19 GP
Danton Heinen: 0-0-0 | 18 GP
Sean Kuraly: 0-0-0 | 18 GP
NOTES: Frank Vatrano is silently under the radar. 13 points in 24 games this season. Lack of games due to injury. Jimmy Hayes has only 4 points throughout 43 games played, can you say “bust”? Brad Marchand’s hot streak raised him to a point-per-game status, an important feat for the All-Star, Marchand is fifth in the league for total points, Pastrnak is tenth in the league for goals, Marchand is eleventh, Bergeron is tied for third in most game-winning goals, and Marchand has the second most short-handed goals (3) and short-handed points (5).
Torey Krug: 5-31-36 | 58 GP
Zdeno Chara: 5-11-16 | 51 GP
Brandon Carlo: 4-9-13 | 58 GP
Colin Miller: 4-5-9 | 42 GP
Kevan Miller: 2-5-7 | 34 GP
Adam McQuaid: 2-5-6 | 53 GP
John-Michael Liles: 0-5-5 | 30 GP
Joe Morrow: 0-1-1 | 17 GP
Rob O’Gara: 0-0-0 | 3 GP
Matt Grzelcyk: 0-0-0 | 2 GP
NOTES: Torey Krug does have offensive skill, leading all Bruins d-men in points this season. John-Michael Liles missed 20 games with a concussion, has been a healthy scratch almost every game since Jan.10.
Tuukka Rask: 27 W – 13 L – 4 OTL | 46 GP | SV%: 0.912 | GAA: 2.27 | 6 Shutouts
Anton Khudobin: 2 W – 5 L – 1 OTL | 9 GP | SV%: 0.888 | GAA: 3.05 | 0 Shutouts
Zane McIntyre: 3 W – 4 L – 1 OTL | 8 GP | SV%: 0.858 | GAA: 3.97 | 0 Shutouts
NOTES: Backup goaltending is obviously a problem for Boston and Tuukka Rask is third in the league for most shutouts.
One statistic that hasn’t been too kind to the Boston Bruins is the plus/minus statistic. Only seven players that have played a minimum of 19 games for the Bruins this season have a plus rating, (D. Pastrnak, B. Marchand, Z. Chara, P. Bergeron, D. Moore, B. Carlo, A. McQuaid). John-Michael Liles and Noel Acciari remain at an even rating, while every other player on the squad, is currently at a minus rating.
There’s the recap on the Bruins season through this amount of games. With the firing of Claude Julien and the replacement by Bruce Cassidy, the Bruins management have lit a match underneath the players of the organization. So far, three big wins over the Sharks, Canucks, and Montreal. Proving that they don’t need Julien to be a good team. Hopefully, this week off does more good for the players than it does badly. Especially for guys like Tuukka Rask, who has been overplayed this season thanks to the underperforming backup goalies.
So prepare for the rest of the year Bruins fans, because it’s about to get even more interesting. Considering the March 1st trade deadline is right around the corner.