The ups and downs of the Boston Bruins’ season thus far
The Bruins have one hell of a powerplay right now. The best in the league in fact. They currently have a powerplay percentage of 33.3%, with the league average around 18%.
They have accumulated seven goals on twenty-one attempts, that is also a league best.
The Bruins have never had a strong power play during the Julien era. Even when they won the cup in 2010-11, the Bruins boasted one of the league’s worst power plays throughout the regular season and playoffs.
No need to complain, though, the Bruins have a deeper offensive team this year and that is being utilised on special teams. Enjoy it whilst it lasts.
The Boston Bruins couldn’t be happy that David Krejci is fit and healthy once again after missing a chunk of last year due to injuries.
Krejci has led the line so far in Boston and doesn’t look to have slowed down after the injuries that kept him off the ice.
Boston’s no.46 is currently tied for first in the National Hockey League in points with 12 (5 Goals, 7 assists), and has been impressive in all three zones of the ice.
His line of Matt Beleskey and David Pastrnak have portrayed some great chemistry, but Krejci himself has been the real difference, and arguably the main reason why the Bruins have had success offensively so far.
On the road
The Bruins have three wins this season, all coming on the road. All in very convincing fashion to boot.
A 6-2 win in Colorado against the Avalanche, a 5-3 win over the Coyotes in Phoenix and a 5-3 victory against the Islanders. A total of 16 goals for, and 8 against have the Bruins perfect on the road this season so far.
Patrice Bergeron has continued his dominant two-way play once again and remains one of the league’s best all-around players.
Bergeron leads the Bruins in faceoff percentage with 55.7 percent, as well as powerplay goals and general shots on goal. He has spent an average of 60% of his shifts in his own zone, second most on the team. Now that’s two-way play.
To most this is very impressive stuff, but to Bruins fans this is simply vintage perfect Patrice Bergeron.