Bruins Monthly Recap: January 2019

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj 

For the first time in the 2019 calendar year, we take a look at the highs and lows of the month of January. With the NHL Trade Deadline looming around the nearby corner, the Bruins were in a position in this past month to prove their worth and see where exactly these holes are that need to be filled. The thirty-one days had some good moments and some bad ones too and I’m here to recap all of it.

In this fourth installment of Bruins Monthly Recap, we will take a closer look at the surprises, disappointments, and positives of the eleventh calendar month including the best performances, worst games, injury report, and finally, a prediction of the month to follow. Without further ado, let’s dive right in.

The Good Games

In twelve games, the Black n Gold went 6-3-3 – a big fall from the start of the month where they went 4-0-0. Even though some games went sour, here are the ones within the six wins that made Bruins fans a bit happier.

January 1st/19 – vs Chicago Blackhawks (Winter Classic)

Two Original Six teams battling it outside at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana, United States is more often than not an entertaining hockey game and it sure was. The majority of the game was quite close, only one-goal leads took over the game and no team was really running away with the game.

Chicago opened the scoring in the first period, only for David Pastrnak to respond later in the frame to tie it at one. In the second period, Dominik Kahun buried a goal to give the Hawks the lead once again. The trend continued when Patrice Bergeron scored his thirteenth goal of the 2018-19 season, tying it once again.

The third period was very close for the majority, until Sean Kuraly buried a backhand shot past Cam Ward, taking the lead just past the halfway point in the final period. Brad Marchand put the nail in the coffin with just around thirty seconds left to play and the Bruins won the 2019 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic.

January 8th/19 – vs Minnesota Wild

After the Winter Classic win, the Bruins piled on two more wins against the Calgary Flames and the Buffalo Sabres ahead of their game against the Wild on the eighth of the month. In the previous game, the Bruins beat the Sabres 2-1, but it ended on a somewhat unfortunate note. The B’s were leading 2-0 for the whole game until Rasmus Ristolainen scored at the 17:22 mark to end Tuukka Rask’s shutout.

With Rask back in net against Minnesota, the Bruins wanted to get him that shutout – and they did. The Finnish netminder stopped all twenty-four shots against en route to his 250th NHL victory – shutting out the Wild. Danton Heinen, Brad Marchand, Jake DeBrusk, and Patrice Bergeron scored the goals while both Bergeron and Marchand ended the night with a goal and two assists.

The win was also the fifth win in a row for the Bruins who were now making serious ground on the Toronto Maple Leafs within the NHL Eastern Conference Standings. Both goaltenders and the players surrounding them were playing well and the team looked to be rounding out their game.

January 17th/19 – vs St. Louis Blues

The Bruins had four games in the week of January 13th to 19th and before the game against the Blues, the Bruins had lost two games already – an overtime loss to the Canadiens and a tough 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Typically, the second game of a back-to-back is much more difficult to win due to the fact that you are playing hockey on consecutive days.

However in the game against the Blues, the Bruins turned it around almost entirely from the game against Philly. Neither team scored in the first twenty minutes, but in the second period, defenceman Torey Krug opened the scoring for Boston. The Blues answered back with goals from O’Reilly and Gunnarsson, only for former Blue himself, David Backes to tie it late.

The third period was all Boston even though they were out-shot 10-6. First, Chris Wagner scored his sixth goal of the year, followed by Marchand’s 18th and Kuraly’s sixth to bury the Blues and take a 5-2 win. Tuukka Rask made twenty-eight stops to tie Tiny Thompson for the most wins in Bruins franchise history with 252. David Krejci had a three assist night as well.

The Not-So-Good Games

After the four-straight wins to begin the month, the Bruins went 2-3-3 in the eight games played. Within that, the Bruins had some really poor games, games where management and fans alike want new bodies and new players heading into the playoffs. One thing that can be an accomplishment, is that the Bruins never lost a game in the month of January by more than two goals and they only lost by a two-goal margin once – against the Washington Capitals.

January 10th/19 – vs Washington Capitals

Just like I said, the only time the Bruins ever lost by two goals in the entire month of January was against the Capitals, the team that has had the Bruins numbers for the last few years, on that January 10th game.

Boston entered the game having won their last five games, four of which in January and things were running well as a whole. However, a quick goal from Jakub Vrana at the 6:38 mark of the first frame basically ended the night as the Bruins failed to take the lead on the Capitals. Ryan Donato tied the contest in the middle period, but less than a minute later, Alex Ovechkin scored, (surprise), and it became a 2-1 Washington lead.

Again, the Bruins answered back after the intermission. David Krejci scored within the first five minutes on the power-play, but just over a minute later, Niklas Backstrom scored the eventual game-winning goal for Washington. Ovechkin would pot his second of the night and Caps win, 4-2.

The biggest issue in this game, was that the Bruins dominated on the shots, but could not finish the opportunities past Braden Holtby. Boston out-shot the Caps 41-22, including a 17-5 shot-differential in the first period.

January 19th/19 – vs New York Rangers

It was not a terrible game for the Bruins against the Rangers, considering they only lost by a single goal but there were a couple reasons that made this a poor game for the Bruins.

First off, the Bruins failed to get a point at the least against a non-playoff team, an unfortunate trend for Boston as of late, leaving valuable points on the table against teams that are worse than them. Second, goaltender Tuukka Rask was injured, as we all know, on a driving play by Filip Chytil. We now know that Rask is okay and he has since played, but the image of him getting hurt makes this one a tough one.

Individual Performances

Good: Brad Marchand – 7 Goals, 9 Assists, 16 Points, 6 PPP in 12 Games

Unsurprisingly, the top line for the Bruins has been nearly unstoppable this season they have been a big reason to the position that the B’s are facing within the NHL standings. In January, Brad Marchand was the leader of that group, leading the team with 7-9-16 totals in the 12 games of the month.

Marchand now has 19-38-57 totals this season and is on pace for a career-high ninety-one point season. Marchand has had spans in past seasons where he struggles to score, but if he can avoid that in the second-half of this campaign, then I believe that it is possible for him to surpass the eighty-five points he racked up in each of the previous two seasons.

Bad: David Backes – 2 Goals, 1 Assist, 3 Points in 9 Games

One of the biggest struggles for the B’s is the lack of depth scoring and even though Backes is playing third-line minutes most of the time, he needs to produce more and be more of a influential role to the younger players that Boston has tried out. To be making $6,000,000 for the next two seasons after this one, Backes needs to be able to score more than three points in nine games.

The former St. Louis Blue has 5-8-13 totals with a -4 rating and that needs to be better if the Boston Bruins plan on going further than round two in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season.

Good: Tuukka Rask – 5-0-2, 1.91 GAA, .938 SV%, 1 Shutout

Tuukka Rask had his struggles early on in the year, but throughout the past month, Rask has been the clear, number one goalie for the Bruins and he is at the top of his game right now. Rask did not lose a single game in regulation and had a less than two goals-against-average.

Tuukka allowed fourteen goals on 226 shots against in the thirty-one January days, putting himself near the top of the NHL for most goaltender statistics in that time. Rask is proving right now that he can play at a high level, even coming back from a concussion. It has been a breath of fresh air when talking about Tuukka, especially considering that he can pass Tiny Thompson with one more win.*

*This article was written before Rask won against the Capitals on February 3rd, 2019. Rask is now has the most wins by a goaltender in Boston Bruins franchise history.

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Bad: Danton Heinen – 2 Goals, 1 Assist, 3 Points in 12 Games

Similar to David Backes, Danton Heinen has not done well this season, let alone this month. Scoring only two goals and an assist in twelve games after a forty-seven point rookie season last year is simply not good enough for the 23-year-old forward. Heinen has had many chances, most recently, an outstanding chance to score against the Flyers on January 31st, but he mis-handled the puck and failed to shoot at the wide open net.

Heinen’s two linemates, Jakub Forsbacka Karlsson and Ryan Donato were both demoted to the AHL’s Providence Bruins because of their lack of production. Heinen is on an expiring contract and will become a restricted free agent on July 1st, 2019. After his success last season, many people including myself wondered what he may be worth when he needs to sign on the dotted line, but so far this season, he is showing out to be a cheap player to bring back – if he even is brought back.

Good: David Pastrnak – 7 Goals, 6 Assists, 13 Points in 12 Games

Continuing on the hot-streak, for the fourth-straight month, David Pastrnak is the best player on the Bruins. Clearly. Pastrnak only had four games that he did not score a point, but made up for it with four multi-point games including a three-point game against the Jets on the 29th. Pastrnak scored his twenty-ninth and thirtieth goals of the 2018-19 campaign in the final game of the month as well. He is currently tied with Brayden Point and John Tavares for third-most goals in the NHL.

In addition, Pastrnak won the 2019 NHL Accuracy Shooting Event at the All-Star Skills Competition in San Jose, California – a great moment for him and Bruins fans.

Honorable Mentions:

Good: Patrice Bergeron, Torey Krug, David Krejci

Bad: Jaroslav Halak, Ryan Donato, Jake DeBrusk

February Games

Sunday, Feb. 3rd – at Washington Capitals

Tuesday, Feb. 5th – vs New York Islanders

Wednesday, Feb. 6th – at New York Rangers

Saturday, Feb. 9th – vs Los Angeles Kings

Sunday, Feb. 10th – vs Colorado Avalanche

Tuesday, Feb. 12th – vs Chicago Blackhawks

Friday, Feb. 15th – at  Anaheim Ducks

Saturday, Feb. 16th – at Los Angeles Kings

Monday, Feb. 18th – at San Jose Sharks

Wednesday, Feb. 20th – at Vegas Golden Knights

Saturday, Feb. 23rd – at St. Louis Blues

Tuesday, Feb. 26th – vs San Jose Sharks

Thursday, Feb. 28th – vs Tampa Bay Lightning

The month of January had many games within the walls of the TD Garden, however, out of the thirteen games of February, the Bruins will be outside of Boston for seven road games including a five-game road trip that includes the often dreaded California trip. Boston will play the Kings and Sharks two times, the only two times all season.

Boston does not have an easy schedule coming up. Thirteen games in twenty-eight days this month and with the playoffs looming around the corner, each and every possible point on the line has implications on it, deciding who the Bruins will meet in the opening round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Not only that, but the NHL Trade Deadline is also in February – on the twenty-fifth of the month, making the upcoming weeks all the more interesting.

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Bruins Monthly Recap: December 2018

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj 

Another month down, another month to look ahead to. In this, the final month of 2018, the Boston Bruins performed without key players such as Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, and Jake DeBrusk to still remain in a playoff position as of their most recent win over the Buffalo Sabres on the 29th of December.

In this third instalment of Bruins Monthly Recap, we will take a closer look at the surprises, disappointments, and positives of the eleventh calendar month including the best performances, worst games, injury report, and finally, a prediction of the month to follow. Without further ado, let’s dive right in.

The Good Games

In fourteen games this month, the Bruins finished with a record of 7-7-0, with two of those wins coming in the overtime session. Within the seven victories, the Bruins had some really solid outings and in this section, I’ll briefly highlight those victorious moments for the Bruins in the twelfth month of the year.

December 8th/18 – vs Toronto Maple Leafs

For the third time in two months, the two Original Six franchises whose rivalry has blossomed over the course of the past half-decade or so. In this Saturday night game vs the Maple Leafs in Boston, the Bruins walked away with a 6-3 win against a Leafs team that had Matthews, Marner, Nylander, and Andersen in net, well for a time at least.

Boston scored four straight goals from the first period to the third from Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, David Backes, Torey Krug, and Danton Heinen. Boston outshot Toronto 15-9 in the second period alone and seemed to have all control. After Travis Dermott’s goal made it 4-1, the B’s answered with goals from Krejci and Donato to extend the lead to 6-1. The Leafs added two more late but that would be it.

Brad Marchand and Torey Krug had three points, David Pastrnak, Danton Heinen, and David Krejci all had two points and Jaroslav Halak made twenty-nine saves in the win. All around great performance for the Bruins without key players like Bergeron, DeBrusk, and Chara in the lineup.

December 17th/18 – vs Montreal Canadiens

Ah, the good old Montreal/Boston rivalry. It is rare to have a more successful night then when you defeat Montreal in the Bell Centre while scoring four goals and allowing none against. That’s what happened on December 17th in a 4-0 Bruins win over the Habs.

Joakim Nordstrom scored his fifth of the season, Colby Cave scored his first career NHL goal, David Krejci added his sixth of 2018-19, and Brad Marchand scored number eleven for four unanswered tallies past goaltender Carey Price. McAvoy and Pastrnak each had two-point nights while Jaroslav Halak stopped all twenty-two shots that faced him during the sixty regulation minutes.

The Bruins needed this win after two losses beforehand, making this one even sweeter, ending the losing streak and starting a new one that would last for the next two games.

December 22nd/18 – vs Nashville Predators

At the time, the Predators were near the top of the National Hockey League standings and were building momentum as they attempt to have another successful season. When the two teams met on the twenty-second of December, it was not supposed to be an easy game for either team, especially the Bruins.

However, off of the hands of four points (two goals, two assists) by Patrice Bergeron who returned to the lineup after a sternoclavicular/rib injury that kept him out of action for an extended amount of time. Bergeron’s linemates, Marchand and Pastrnak had three points of their own – leading the Bruins to a 5-2 win over Nashville in the TD Garden. In addition, Halak made twenty-eight saves, including fourteen in the second frame alone.

The Not-So-Good Games

It is expected that when you finish a calendar month with a .500 win percentage, you’re going to have some rough outings. Like other teams in that scenario, the Bruins had some rough games that they themselves may want to forget about. No real blowouts, but some poor overall team performances.

December 27th/18 – vs New Jersey Devils

Only two games ago, the Bruins had one of their worst games so far in the 2018-19 campaign. The Devils beat Boston by a final score of 5-2, which is not too bad all things considered, but the whole group seemed disoriented and failed to generate many offensive opportunities throughout the entirety of the three-period hockey game.

The opening Devils goal only twenty-five seconds into the game brought the momentum down immediately for Boston as both teams played their first game after the Holiday Break. New Jersey added another before the first intermission and scored three times in the final regulation frame to put out Boston.

Chris Wagner’s second-period goal and Patrice Bergeron’s third-period marker were the only two goals from Boston, but other than that, it was a lacklustre outing for the men in Black n Gold. Halak allowed four goals on thirty-two shots, not a terrible night for him, but could have been better most definitely.

December 4th/18 – vs Florida Panthers

The only thing worse than allowing five goals in a hockey game is when you allow five goals and score none for yourself. In only the second game of the month, the Bruins laid an egg against the divisional opponent, allowing four goals in the middle period and letting the Panthers win 5-0.

Mike Hoffman scored twice for Florida while Mike Matheson, Jonathon Huberdeau, and Evgenii Dadonov added the other three. Goalie Roberto Luongo stopped every single one of the thirty-three shots that the Bruins offence piled on him, making him look way younger than 39 years of age.

Individual Performances

Good: David Pastrnak – 4 Goals, 15 Assists, 19 Points in 14 Games

Nevermind good, this is great. Pastrnak once again took ahold of the Bruins offence and ran with it. Even zero points in four of the fourteen games this month did not slow down his production. Pastrnak was without Bergeron for the majority of the month but still managed to rack up the points with fellow countryman, David Krejci.

David is twelfth in the NHL for points and eighth in the NHL for most goals scored, six behind Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin.

Bad: Joakim Nordstrom – 14 Games Played, 1 Goal, 1 Assist, -7 Rating

Brought onto the Bruins in the 2018 offseason on a two-year contract worth $1 million per season, Joakim Nordstrom was supposed to add additional scoring to the offensive depth charts, but in December especially, Nordstrom has failed to do that. After a seven-game pointless streak to start the month, he scored in two consecutive games and has not scored for the last five games.

Somehow, Nordstrom has met his totals for last season, 5-2-7, in 37 fewer games. Joakim has three more goals than he had last year but with his lack of production lately, it is hard to understand why he remains in the lineup over some of the Providence Bruins players that are doing well this year.

Good: Patrice Bergeron – 4 Games Played, 3 Goals, 2 Assists, 5 Points, +2 Rating

Bergeron only played four times in December, but his return from injury made a large impact on the Bruins roster. His four-point night against the Predators proved he was still in prime form and his linemates of Pastrnak and Marchand have benefited from his reemergence on the offensive core.

Patrice continues to be one of the best defensive forwards in the NHL today, even with his increasing age and the reoccurring injuries over the past few seasons. Hopefully, a healthy Bergeron can lead the Bruins once again to a successful second-half of the regular season and into the playoffs.

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Bad: Jaroslav Halak – 4-3-0 Record, 0.916 SV%, 2.71 GAA

Those numbers are not terrible, but they are not at the same level as the Jaroslav Halak that played in November and October. Halak allowed three or more goals in a single game on four different occasions this month, including five goals against the Panthers. Halak did, however, record a shutout against the Canadiens on the 17th.

The not-great play of Halak could have been the main reason for Cassidy’s decision to start Tuukka Rask over him for the 2019 Winter Classic. Although Rask has a worse record with numbers slightly worse than Halak, with the win over Buffalo for Rask, Cassidy went with Tuukka.

Honourable Mentions:

Good: Brad Marchand, David Krejci, Jake DeBrusk

Bad: David Backes, Noel Acciari, Tuukka Rask

Injury Report (As of December 31st)

D Charlie McAvoy – Lower-body – IR

The Bruins are healthy again, for now anyway. Only Charlie McAvoy is injured currently due to a blocked shot that isn’t healing the best. He will miss the Winter Classic. Brad Marchand has been day-to-day for the Bruins but is deemed good-to-go for the Bruins against Chicago. The injuries have been a huge blow for the team this year and to have some of these key players slowly return to the lineup, it is great to see.

January Games

Tuesday, Jan. 1st – vs Chicago Blackhawks (Winter Classic)

Thursday, Jan. 3rd – vs Calgary Flames

Saturday, Jan. 5th – vs Buffalo Sabres

Tuesday, Jan. 8th – vs Minnesota Wild

Thursday, Jan. 10th – vs Washington Capitals

Saturday, Jan. 12th-  at Toronto Maple Leafs

Monday, Jan. 14th – vs Montreal Canadiens

Wednesday, Jan. 16th – at Philadelphia Flyers

Thursday, Jan. 17th – vs St. Louis Blues

Saturday, Jan. 19th vs New York Rangers

Tuesday, Jan. 29th vs Winnipeg Jets

Thursday, Jan. 31st vs Philadelphia Flyers

The Boston Bruins have twelve games on the upcoming schedule to start of 2019, including nine games in the TD Garden. Boston’s week-long break takes place from January 20th to January 26th. With some big games against Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, and of course, the Winter Classic game against Chicago, the Bruins will have their work cut out for them but it will make for some fun games for us fans to enjoy.

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Bruins Monthly Recap: November 2018

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj 

It feels like just last week that I published the monthly recap for October, but here we are again for the recap of November – the second month of the 2018-19 NHL regular season. With the passing of American Thanksgiving, the National Hockey League has seemingly passed the quarter-mark of the season and the games played begin to really matter for possible playoff contention.

In this second instalment of Bruins Monthly Recap, we will take a closer look at the surprises, disappointments, and positives of the eleventh calendar month including the best performances, worst games, injury report, and finally, a prediction of the month to follow. Without further ado, let’s dive right in.

The Good Games

The Boston Bruins played in thirteen games during the month of November, finishing the month with a record of 7-4-2. The Bruins had six games at TD Garden, going 5-1-0 at home. In the remaining seven games on the road, Boston went 2-3-2 – a subpar record to say the least.

November 10th/18 – vs Toronto Maple Leafs

The first of two meetings against the Maple Leafs this season was also the biggest margin for a Bruins win this month, with the Bruins taking a 5-1 victory on home ice. The Leafs were without Auston Matthews, who was placed on injured reserve due to a shoulder injury and the Leafs also decided to play Garret Sparks instead of starting goaltender Frederik Andersen against Boston.

David Pastrnak scored a hat-trick and an assist, Bergeron had three points and Marchand chipped in with another two points. Tuukka Rask took a leave of absence, but Jaroslav Halak filled in with ease, making forty saves on forty-one Maple Leafs shots. Also, four Bruin defencemen played over twenty minutes (John Moore, Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug, and Matt Grzelcyk).

A great win for the Bruins in the first game against Toronto this season, especially coming off of an eight-five loss to the Vancouver Canucks only two nights before.

November 11th/18 vs Vegas Golden Knights

The very next day, the Bruins had another solid outing against the defending Stanley Cup Finalists, the Vegas Golden Knights, winning by a score of 4-1. The Bruins had goals from Danton Heinen, Jeremy Lauzon, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak. Playing in both games on the back-to-back, Jaro Halak made 37 saves on 38 Golden Knight shots to only allow two goals in two games in two days.

Boston also went 58% on the faceoff dot, including Patrice Bergeron’s 64% on the dot in that game.

The Not-So-Good Games

Boston lost a combined six games in November and a couple of them were not very good. While there were no 7-0 losses like in October, (I’m sorry for bringing that up again), but the Bruins still had some poor outings – even with all of the injuries suffered.

November 14th/18 – at Colorado Avalanche

It was a battle of the two top lines in the National Hockey League when the Avalanche met the Bruins in Colorado on the fourteenth. Even though Gabriel Landeskog opened the scoring about halfway into the first period, the Bruins scored two in the same period – David Pastrnak’s 17th goal and Jake DeBrusk’s 6th goal.

Only 3:05 into the middle frame, DeBrusk would score his seventh on the season – second of the game and the Bruins had a 3-1 lead. When Mikko Rantanen scored in the same period, the Bruins still had a 3-2 lead. However, the Avalanche exploded in the third, scoring four unanswered goals to win 6-3 the final score.

Boston’s weakest point in this game was the penalty-kill – going 0-for-3 in the game. The final two Colorado goals were power-play goals as well as the one goal for them in the second frame. Boston did manage to score two goals on the man-advantage themselves, but it was losing that 3-1 lead that may have been the biggest disappointment of this hockey game.

November 8th/18 – vs Vancouver Canucks

This game was not good for one main reason – goals allowed. The Canucks managed to score eight goals on the Bruins – five on Halak and three on Rask. The game seemed to be going okay for the B’s coming out of the opening period, but they seemed to lack intensity.

With Patrice Bergeron’s eighth goal of the season coming only thirty-six seconds into the second frame, the Bruins took a 2-1 lead and started to look a tad bit better. Seven goals combined later, and the Bruins are headed into the second intermission down 6-4. DeBrusk and Krejci managed to finish the night with three points each, but the overall effort by the defence and goaltending was abysmal and was not a good game heading into their first meeting with Toronto.

Individual Performances

Good: David Pastrnak – 8 Goals, 5 Assists, 13 Points in 13 Games

Not a surprise, but David Pastrnak continued to prove that he is an elite player in this league by scoring another eight goals and thirteen points while playing in all thirteen games during the month of November. Pastrnak is currently tied with Jeff Skinner of the Buffalo Sabres for most goals in the league so far, with nineteen as of November 30th.

Pastrnak’s best performance came on the tenth of the month when he scored three goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs. With the recent loss of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak has taken the reigns of the team offensively – somehow scoring on a consistent basis game in and game out.

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Bad: Anders Bjork – 1 Assist, -4 Rating, Sent to AHL

It has been a tough season for Anders Bjork this year. Coming into the year as one of the biggest hopefuls on the Bruins forward core and was one of the players that were expected to have a good season to start off. However, that was not the case whatsoever.

With one goal back in October, Bjork only added one more assist in ten games during November, before he was sent down to the Providence Bruins in hopes of him possibly developing his game enough to come back in the big leagues later on down the line – similar to Ryan Donato in recent memory.

Good: Tuukka Rask – 3-1-2 Record, .933 SV%, 1.96 GAA

Last month, Tuukka Rask was under the “bad” column for the Individual Performances section. Rask possessed a 3-3-0 record with a .902 save percentage and a 3.15 goals-against-average. This month, Rask has turned it around and become one of the better goaltenders in the league as he is paid to be.

As many people know, Rask is a touchy subject in Boston sports, but you cannot deny his recent play as being solid. In the final game of November, Rask made twenty-eight saves in regulation and overtime plus another four in the shootout to lead the Bruins to a 2-1 shootout win over the New York Islanders. Rask made three big saves in the 3-on-3 overtime session to keep the Bruins in it and he truly looks solid in between the pipes.

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Bad: Danton Heinen – 13 Games Played, 2 Goals, -3 Rating

One of the issues all season long for the Boston Bruins has been the depth scoring, or lack thereof and Danton Heinen has not helped the cause. With only two goals, (Nov.11 vs VGK & Nov.8 vs VAN), Heinen is on an eight-game pointless streak and has been a -1 rating in the past two games.

Heinen had a solid 47-point campaign in his rookie career last year and many believed that he would ride off of that success coming into this season. Unfortunately for him and the team, Heinen has not been able to succeed at the level the Bruins need him to. With the injury to Bergeron, Boston needs Heinen more than ever so the dependence on Pastrnak and Marchand can be relieved a tad.

Honourable Mentions:

Good: Jaroslav Halak, Jake DeBrusk, David Krejci, Torey Krug

Bad: Sean Kuraly, Noel Acciari, Steven Kampfer

Injury Report (As of November 30th)

D Charlie McAvoy – Concussion – IR; Practicing In Non-Contact 

D Urho Vaakanainen – Concussion – IR

D Brandon Carlo – Upper-Body – IR; Probable Sat. vs DET 

D Zdeno Chara – Left MCL Injury – IR –

C Patrice Bergeron – Sternoclavicular Injury – IR

D Kevan Miller – Larnyx Injury – To Be Re-Evaluated In 5 Weeks

The injuries have not let up in the month of hockey since the previous Bruins Monthly Recap article. Five of the six defensemen that were supposed to start the year in the defensive unit are all out of the lineup with injuries with Kevan Miller being the most-recent injury to the roster. Miller took a shot by Maple Leafs forward John Tavares to the throat, causing damage to the cartilage in his larynx.

December Games

Saturday, Dec. 1st – vs Detroit Red Wings

Tuesday, Dec. 4th – at Florida Panthers

Thursday, Dec. 6th – at Tampa Bay Lightning

Saturday, Dec. 8th – vs Toronto Maple Leafs

Sunday, Dec. 9th – at Ottawa Senators

Tuesday, Dec. 11th – vs Arizona Coyotes

Friday, Dec. 14th – at Pittsburgh Penguins

Sunday, Dec. 16th – vs Buffalo Sabres

Monday, Dec. 17th – at Montreal Canadiens

Thursday, Dec. 20th – vs Anaheim Ducks

Saturday, Dec. 22nd – vs Nashville Predators

Sunday, Dec. 23rd – at Carolina Hurricanes

Thursday, Dec. 27th – vs New Jersey Devils

Saturday, Dec. 29th – at Buffalo Sabres

Right off the tails of a difficult month, the Bruins will have another tough month in December with games against teams such as Tampa Bay, Toronto, Nashville, Carolina, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh. Boston will also have their three-day break for Christmas. Out of the fourteen scheduled games in December, seven are at home and seven are on the road making for an interesting schedule moving forward.

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