Zdeno Chara Now A Former Bruin

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

After a 14-year tenure with the Boston Bruins, Zdeno Chara is now a Washington Capital. The Caps will be the fourth team of his 22-year NHL career with a stop in Ottawa after being drafted and starting his career with the New York Islanders. The consummate team captain will leave a giant hole, figuratively and literally,

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Stats Bruins Fans Should Pay Attention To During The Upcoming Season

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

With NHL games about to get started much attention will be given to who will make the team, what the line combinations will be, and how a team might change how they play from the previous year. All are worthwhile and exciting discussions we are fortunate to be having, even if a little delayed from their

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How Many Goals Will Each Bruin Score This Season?

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

Now that we have some clarity on the NHL season we can start making predictions, bold or otherwise, about the season. In hockey, you need to score more goals than the other team to win so that seems like a good starting point for analysis and prognostication. Goal scoring has also been one of the leading anxieties for Bruins’

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Video Scouting New Bruin Craig Smith

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

The Bruins did not make a lot of noise in free agency but were lauded for their one major move, signing right-winger Craig Smith. Smith signed for $9.3 million over three years. He is considered a great value at this price tag due to his consistent goal scoring and frequently finishing well on the positive end of the possession ledger.

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Bruins And Canadian Rivals Face Uncertainty

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

After weeks of wondering about the NHL season, news emerged late Friday of a plan supported by the NHL and NHLPA. The details of the plan include playoff formats, expanded rosters, and more. By the time you read this article, votes by the NHL Board of Governors and the NHLPA executive committee may make it official. Training

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Does Offense Or Defense Matter More For Bruins Success?

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

The debate over what matters more, offense or defense, has raged in sports likely since their creation. Does Novak Djokovic’s attack succeed versus Rafael Nadal’s ability to defend and return? Does the stalwart defense of the 1985 Chicago Bears hold off the offensive onslaught of the 2013 Denver Broncos? How does the dynamic offense of the

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How Does The Bruins’ Jake Debrusk Score Goals

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

The Boston Bruins locked up their final restricted free agent recently inking forward Jake Debrusk to a two-year bridge deal worth an average annual value of $3.675 million. The jury is still out on whether the 24-year-old can develop into a consistent and elite goal scorer. During the term of this

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Looking At The Bruins Defenders Actual Versus Expected Goals

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

Now that we impressed our friends with our commentary on the Bruins’ forward group, it’s time to rub in our smarts (ahem, prove to them our nerdiness) with a discussion on the Bruins’ defenders. We will again perform an investigation looking at individual expected goals (iXG) in comparison to actual goals scored (goals or G). As we

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Looking At The Bruins Forwards Actual Versus Expected Goals

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

While the only numbers that really count at the end of a hockey game are how many goals each team scored, it can be informative to look at a variety of metrics. Sometimes these additional data points can help explain how events unfolded. In other instances, they can help us predict future outcomes. Perhaps, most importantly,

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Bargain Bin Shopping Bruins Edition

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

With the off-season hitting its dog days, most of the high profile free agents have long since signed on the dotted line. However, a number of well-known players remain on the market this year due to a flat salary cap and uncertainty around the logistics of the 2020-21 season. For example, proven 30-goal scorers like Mike

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