The ups and downs of the Boston Bruins’ season thus far
The Bruins starting goaltender and previous Vezina Trophy winner, Tuukka Rask, has had a very disappointing start to the year.
Rask is supposed to be the rock that keeps this team together, especially with a very weak defensive core. However, he has been less than solid and the Bruins have suffered because of it.
He isn’t to blame for it all. The defense he has in front of him hasn’t exactly helped. But as a goaltender of his caliber he needs to be better, much better.
Rask is 1-3-1 with a shocking GAA of 4.40, as well as a save percentage of. 854. He has leaked a mass of 22 goals in just five games. Not exactly Vezina standard. The Bruins netminder is statistically one of the worst goalies in hockey at the moment and to make things worse, his backup Jonas Gustavsson has two wins in two starts. He needs to be better, he has to bail his team out when called upon to do so.
It has been home-ice disadvantage for the Bruins thus far. They haven’t won a game at home and have just 1 point out of a possible 8 at TD Garden. The lone point came from an overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers after blowing a third period lead of 4-2.
Maybe it’s the pressure. Those Bostonians expect a lot from their Bruins, even when the rest of the league writes them off. There has always been a high standard of hockey in Beantown and things need to start improving if the Bruins want a realistic shot at the playoffs this season.
Overall, the Bruins look like a very dangerous team on the powerplay and at times during 5on5 hockey. They seem to be scoring goals a lot easier than in previous years.
However, they are a real liability on defense and that is going to take some time. Young prospects such as Colin Miller have displayed great promise, but at the same time they have shown the hockey world that they are young and inexperienced with some very costly mistakes. If the Bruins can get away with a need but don’t break style of play, they’re going to need goaltending, with our that, it may be a very long season for the Black and Gold
Let’s call this team a work in progress for now.