The Boston Bruins are playing solid this year sitting pretty with 11-6-3 record. David Pastrnak leads the way with 17 goals ripping 81 power play shots resulting in 8 power play goals. He also has 8 assists respectfully netting 25 points on the young season. Patrice Bergeron leads the team in points netting 26 adding 9 goals and racking up the assists like he’s Rajon Rondo, 17 to be exact. Brad Marchand and David Krejci have chipped in with 21 points and 16 points. Jake DeBrusk round out the double digit point getters adding 10 of his own. Jaroslav Halak has been decent just giving up right around 2 goals per game.
Expectations have been tempered due to Zdeno Chara‘s knee injury on Wednesday. Even if Chara returns, the 41 year old veteran just can’t play the meaningful minutes that he used to. Not to mention the team was already without defensive backbone Charlie McAvoy (concussion), Kevan Miller (broken hand) and Brandon Carlo (lower body). Even promising rookie Urho Vaakanainen suffered a concussion last month after being called up to fill in. Tuuka Rask is giving up 2.78 goals per game in his 9 starts. Optimism hopes that the B’s can fight through the injuries and steal a few games along the way.
The Bruins will be OK this season and should remain competitive. I project they make the playoffs with a 46-27-9 record. However a Stanley Cup run may be questionable at best. While the Bruins are going to compete all year I just don’t see this team as the NHL Champion. As a hometown favorite I would love to see the Cup in Boston, however I think they are missing to many components. They also are bogged down with injury. The best we can wish for is that we limp into the playoffs with a hot goalie.