A Rational Look at Injuries and the Remaining Boston Bruins Schedule

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By Thomas Nyström | Follow on twitter @nahstrom

We were all warned. Hell, I even warned you that the upcoming schedule was daunting a few weeks ago: https://blackngoldhockey.com/2018/03/07/predicting-the-rest-of-the-season-bruins-final-record/

Here’s the updated remaining schedule:

Wednesday March 22 @ STL 8:00 PM ET
Friday March 23 @ DAL 8:30 PM ET
Sunday March 25 @ MIN 7:30 PM ET
Tuesday March 27 @ WPG 8:00 PM ET
Thursday March 29 vs TBL 7:00 PM ET
Saturday March 31 vs FLA 1:00 PM ET
Sunday April 1 @ PHI 12:30 PM ET
Tuesday April 3 @ TBL 7:30 PM ET
Thursday April 5 @ FLA 7:30 PM ET
Saturday April 7 vs OTT 7:00 PM ET
Sunday April 8 vs FLA 7:30 PM ET


My prediction in that previous article was the Bruins would end with 111 points. With 11 games remaining an sitting 12 points shy of my prediction at 99 points.. Boston needs to play .500 hockey to hit that mark. Looking at the remaining opponents, travel, and relentlessness of the ‘every other day’ nature of the calendar — I still believe that’s precisely what we will get.

The schedule lines up that they play every other day with exception to next weekend where they play back-to-back; Saturday @ Florida at 1:00 pm followed by an immediate northbound flight to take on Philadelphia for another early game with puck drop happening at 12:30 pm. After that comes the first of two key games against Tampa Bay — this one at home, the later date scheduled to be played in Tampa. Now before we even get to that, the Bruins have a troublesome road trip that they are currently in the midst of starting tonight in St. Louis. On tap after that is Dallas, Minnesota, and Winnipeg. Each team is playoff bound or at the very least in the hunt right now and will be putting forth playoff caliber efforts against a banged-up B’s lineup. I fully believe that despite the thin roster on this road trip, Boston has the ability to take 4 out of 8 points from these quality opponents. I expect Boston to split the two remaining games against Florida, because well, it’s the Panthers and we all saw the game last week. The back-to-back day games are very hard on the traveling team.. and I wouldn’t be surprised if they drop the Philadelphia game. While we know how unbearable ‘hockey-twitter’ can be after a B’s loss, we must take everything into account and not jump off the Zakim Bridge if Boston struggles against a very good team like Winnipeg.

That said, let’s take a rational look at what to expect with the injuries to this Bruins roster as we near the Stanley Cup Playoffs:

Although there were reports that we may expect to see Patrice Bergeron return from injury on this current road trip that ends next Tuesday, a more reasonable expectation — or really, a hope would be he rejoins the line-up at home on Thursday March 29th when the Bruins host Tampa Bay. Boston themselves shared footage of Bergeron getting ice time in and running drills on his own just a few days ago. Regardless, a foot fracture is a substantial injury to any player, especially one like Bergeron who is arguably the best two-way forward in the sport.

No updates regarding Jake DeBrusk, or at least nothing of substance. The ‘upper-body’ designation does very little in the way of telling us anything about a) the injury b) his timeline. If this is a concussion he could be out the rest of the regular season as we’re winding down to single-digit games by the end of the weekend. Unfortunate timing for Jake as he was on a tear before his injury with 9 points in his last 8 games. The Bruins would certainly benefit if that switch can be flipped again entering the playoffs.

My goodness did David Backes have a rough couple of days last week. It seemed like the hockey gods were against David for a bit there and then to cap it off he suffered a nasty laceration from an errant blade to the thigh that required 18 stitches. While that will take some time to heal naturally and to be tended to incase of any set-back such as infection, Backes may be out of the line-up until the playoffs as well, although I feel as though we will see him for a few tune-up games in the final week of the regular season.

Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy have been sorely missed at times over the last stretch of games. Chara could be back by the end of the week although I would suspect that since Boston is on the cusp of clinching a playoff spot as early as tonight in St. Louis, head coach Bruce Cassidy may hold him out of the line-up an extra game. Remember that just prior to the injury there was debate on whether or not to give the big man a few games off to reset. Meanwhile, Charlie McAvoy has been quietly going about his work to get back on the ice. The severity of his knee injury wasn’t made entirely known, but all indications are that he will be ready to go come playoff time. Similarly to Backes, McAvoy may get on the ice in the final few regular season contests to ‘test the waters’, if you will. Seeing the defensive first line out there again would no doubt be a sigh of relief for Bruins fans.

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Lastly and perhaps least concerning would be the injuries to Rick Nash and Adam McQuaid who are both considered day-to-day. Bruce Cassidy also hasn’t been shy about handing out ‘maintenance days’ which may be a contributing factor to the way he’s handling both individuals. He is fully aware that in two weeks it will be all hands on deck as his Boston Bruins look to start what we all hope will be a deep playoff push.

Thomas Nyström, Contributor.

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Boston Bruins Post Game Recap: Game 66


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By KG | Follow on twitter @kgbngblog | FanCred at K G


The only big change coming to the lineup was Nick Holden replacing Adam McQuaid. With all of the depth that the Bruins have, Bruce Cassidy is able to change people in and out as he pleases to allow players to rest so that they are fresh going into the playoffs. Tuukka Rask will take the net for the B’s as Berube goes in for the Blackhawks.

What I Am Looking Forward To

This is the first game of a home and home with Chicago. It’ll be interesting to see if there are any major physical plays that will be remembered and transferred to tomorrows game. Chicago is always dangerous and the Bruins need to respect that if they want to be able to have a shot at winning this game, no matter how Chicago may look in the standings.


The period opened up with the Bruins struggling to move the puck into Chicago’s zone because of Chicago’s active stick play. The Blackhawks were on the attack right away, getting lots of chances and shots at the net, even springing Patrick Sharp on a breakaway, but he found the post. A fight broke out by the benches between John Hayden and Sean Kuraly. That fight won’t be on Don Cherry’s Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em anytime soon as it was just a wrestling match. The Bruins got on the power play after a Jurco penalty, but couldn’t get a good entry on the majority of their tries and Chicago was able to kill it off. Brad Marchand got into some penalty trouble after a collision with Anthony Duclair. While it did look like he tried to get out of the way but he definitely got his hands up high on Duclair. On the ensuing penalty kill, Sean Kuraly made a great play on a D-toD pass and jumped up on the play to force his own breakaway where Noel Acciari potted the rebound. After Murphy took a penalty for slew-footing Brad Marchand, the Bruins were having a lot of trouble with getting into the zone and setting up but as the power play was coming to a close, Jake DeBrusk made a great play down low to steal the puck and get it in front to David Krejci who had all the time in the world to pick his target and score. Boston was up 2-0, but as soon you thought the Bruins were safe, Chicago put up two unanswered goals to tie it. Both were shots from the point that had a lot of people in front screening.


BOS – Acciari PK (Kuraly), Krejci PP (DeBrusk, Holden)

CHI – Toews (Gustafsson, Kane), Gustafsson (Schmaltz, DeBrincat)


Boston got off to a good start in the offensive end. Rick Nash did a good job of moving the puck from behind the net to the high slot but wasn’t able to get too many chances other than that. As Boston was trying to control the puck near their blueline with close to thirteen minutes left in the period, Kampf made a great play in the neutral zone to steal the puck and get it to Hayden who took a great shot that rang off of the post and in to put Chicago up 3-2. After Riley Nash had his hand chopped, the Bruins were sent on the power play, where Jake DeBrusk sped by everyone on the outside to go low and behind the net. But just before he got behind the net, he saw David Krejci all alone in front and found him with a great pass where Krejci scored. Back even at 3-3. This didn’t last long though, as Matthew Highmore scored his first career NHL goal on a moving shot from the faceoff dot. The period ended 4-3.


BOS – Krejci PP (DeBrusk, Gionta)

CHI – Hayden (Kampf, Seabrook), Highmore (Gustafsson, Anisimov)


Boston came out hungry for the puck. Earlier in the game, you could see that Boston wasn’t winning the battles they needed to but they turned that around in the first half of the third period. They were playing hard on the puck, making those quick little passes to open up space and playing well along the boards. This resulted in a zone entry where Marchand rifled a shot off of the shoulder of the goalie where the puck popped off and dropped to the streaking Pastrnak who was crashing the net. After the goal, Patrick Kane was trying to get the puck away from Sean Kuraly, bur caught him in the face with his stick and drew blood, resulting in a four-minute double minor for Chicago. Boston took full advantage of this, with both Brian Gionta and Rick Nash scoring on great plays in front of the net. After those two goals, Chicago started to panic and took yet another penalty for tripping. This was killed off and with about two minutes left in the game, Chicago pulled their goalie, where Sean Kuraly scored to end the game.


BOS – Pastrnak (Marchand, Riley Nash), Gionta PP (DeBrusk, Grzelcyk), Rick Nash PP (Krug, Marchand), Kuraly EN (Schaller, Chara)



Just look at all of the chances that Boston had compared to Chicago. While Chicago focused on the low-right side, the left side of the blueline and front of the net, Boston took shots from everywhere, keeping Berube on his toes all game.

KG’s Three Stars Of The Game

1st: Jake DeBrusk – What a game by the rookie. He assisted on three goals, including the game-winner and all of his assists came on the power play. He also had six shots on net that led the team.

2nd: David Krejci – After being very close to a hat-trick himself, Krejci deserves all of the praise he gets. Both of his goals came from great positioning in front of the net.

3rd: Sean Kuraly – A real gritty game for Kuraly, as he got a Gordie Howe hat-trick with a stick to the face too. A great game for a player who wasn’t on the scoresheet as much as he would have liked to in the past couple of games.

MUP (Most Under-Appreciated Player): Nick Holden – He may have only had one assist and no shots during the game, but when tou look at how the Gionta and Rick Nash goals were scored, you’ll see that Holden held the puck in the zone and was able to make a play with it. The Bruins wouldn’t have gotten those go-ahead goals without him.

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Sunday, March 11th in Chicago


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Boston Bruins Post Game Recap: Game 65

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By KG | Follow on twitter @kgbngblog | FanCred at K G


After a hit up high on Frans Nielsen last game, David Backes was suspended for three games. His absence along with Bergeron and McAvoy leaves the Bruins lineup looking a lot less intimidating than it was just a week ago. After going 9-0-1 starting back on February 8th, the Flyers have started to drop off going 0-3-1 since the start of March. Rask starts for Boston while Lyon protects the other end for Philadelphia.

What I Am Looking Forward To

Boston is going through a really rough injury patch right now and it’ll be interesting to see if they can keep their winning ways going with all of the key guys they have out. I expect a grinding, hitting old school kind of game tonight. Both teams desperately want these two points. Should be a great game.


The game really started a minute and a half into the game when Kevan Miller took a double minor penalty for high sticking Wayne Simmonds and drawing blood. The Flyers power play unit was incredibly efficient scoring only ten seconds into the power play on a great pass from Nolan Patrick to Jakub Voracek. Later, the Bruins got a power play after Rick Nash’s stick was slashed, where they had a lot of shot opportunities but didn’t get too much actually on net. But that did energize the team, so when Bruce Cassidy told the top line of Marchand/Nash/Pastrnak to hit the ice, they channeled that energy into a terrific display of skill and hard work that ended up with Riley Nash scoring on a wraparound rebound. After some great offensive shifts for him, Brad Marchand was given a tripping penalty for a low hit on Gostisbehere. The Bruins killed this off, and with less than a minute left on the clock Tommy Wingels made a great defensive play on the backcheck to get the puck to Chara where the captain made a great pass to Brian Gionta, of all people, who ended up scoring on a sweet little move all alone on a breakaway to end the period.


BOS – Nash (Pastrnak, Miller), Gionta (Chara, Wingels)

PHI – Voracek PP (Patrick, Giroux)


The start of the period kicked off with a pretty questionable penalty called on Torey Krug that the Bruins were able to kill off pretty easily. After some back and forth from the teams, Rick Nash drew yet another penalty when he was slashed again, sending the Bruins to their second power play. But just as the Bruins were starting to settle into a setup in the Flyers’ end, Philly sprung Oskar Lindblom on a two-on-one where he threw the puck into Rask’s open five-hole. The rest of the period was more physical play along the boards, with lots of chances with good puck movement from both teams.



PHI – Lehtera SH (Filppula, Gudas)


Another early period penalty put Boston on the power play just a minute thirty into the final period. Chara was set up for a one-timer during the man advantage, but no one other than the goalie wanted to be in front of it so Lyon had a clear view of it all the way in to make the stop. Chara really showed off his offensive abilities around the ten-minute mark. He was pinching into the zone and using his reach and massive body to sweep around the net and throw the puck in front of the net, and he did this more than once. Sean Couturier broke into the Bruins end, forcing Marchand to slash him up in the hand/wrist area in hopes that it would cause him to miss, which it did. But this meant that he was going to the box. The Bruins were once again successful in killing it off. In the dying seconds of the third period, the hero Brad Marchand swooped in on net when there was a massive pile-up where he smacked in the puck to put the Bruins up by one with 30 seconds left in the game. And that was how it ended. 3-2 the final score.


BOS – Marchand (Pastrnak, Chara)



The Bruins played decent, not great, this game. They did have some very arguable penalties called against them and key players missing though. If Boston can do this while missing their top centermen, top 4 defencemen and arguably top 6 wingers, they will do that much better when they are all back in action.

KG’s Three Stars Of The Game

1st: Brad Marchand – Yet another game winner for him. I guess that makes him relatively elite. Another complete game from him, even though there was some funny business with penalties. And that one time he kind of gave up on a backcheck that cost the team the one-goal lead. Oh well, he made up for it with that game winner.

2nd: Zdeno Chara – Chara had a great night. It almost seemed like he turned back the clock the way that he was galloping out there. With two assists, four shots and a +/- of +2, Chara was incredible. He also played 23:55 tonight, over four minutes more than the next guy (Marchand with 19:25).

3rd: Brian Gionta – Surprisingly “Gio” played a really good game in a limited timeframe. He scored the Bruins second goal of the night and played an old school kind of grind-it-out game.

MUP (Most Under-Appreciated Player): Tuukka Rask – Right off of the start, Rask was bombarded with shots all night. He stopped 31 out of the 33 he faced and came up big when they needed him and this is all while he is supposedly still a bit hurt.

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Predicting The Rest of The Season: Bruins Final Record

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By Thomas Nyström | Follow on twitter @nahstrom

Last nights 6-5 overtime win over the visiting Detroit Red Wings marked the beginning of the stretch-run for the rest of the regular season. It was also the first of what will be a Bruins game every other day until the end of the schedule. This will no doubt be a trying and tough few weeks for the Boston Bruins as it includes a lot of travel and hard opponents including two trips to Florida to face the Panthers who are hot as of late and sitting just two points out of a wild card spot. While in the area, the B’s will face the conference leading Tampa Bay Lightning twice as well. Additionally, both teams from the sunshine state will make at least one trip to the TD Garden —  Tampa Bay for one game, Florida twice (one being a make-up game) — so we’re looking at 7 of the final 18 games against just them alone.

Tomorrows contest with the Philadelphia Flyers whom are 6-2-2 in their last 10 and sitting in 3rd place in the Metropolitan Division. Looking ahead at the schedule at other games against playoff / playoff caliber teams include Columbus at home, plus Minnesota, Winnipeg, Dallas, Philadelphia and St. Louis on the road.

So feasibly, what can we expect for the Bruins in terms of record at the end of the season? Earlier this week I put up a twitter poll in preparation for this article and the results were quite definitive.


Before I layout my prediction we must consider a number of contributing factors, first let’s take a look at the remaining schedule:

Thu. March 8 7pm vs PHI
Sat. March 10 1pm vs CHI
Sun. March 11 12:30pm @ CHI
Tue. March 13 7pm @ CAR
Thu. March 15 7:30pm @ FLA
Sat. March 17 7pm @ TBL
Mon. March 19 7pm vs CBJ
Wed. March 21 8pm @ STL
Fri. March 23 8:30pm @ DAL
Sun. March 25 7:30 @ MIN
Tue. March 27 8pm @ WPG
Thu. March 29 7pm vs TBL
Sat. March 31 1pm vs FLA
Sun. April 1 12:30pm @ PHI
Tue. April 3 7:30pm @ TBL
Thu. April 5 7:30pm @ FLA
Sat. April 7 7pm vs OTT
Sun. April 8 7:30pm vs FLA

So lets start right off the clip with the biggest story of the week: Charlie McAvoy missing time due to his left MCL sprain. Remember this: Charlie is being evaluated in 4 weeks. Until then he’s expected to be in a brace and not skating. Best case scenario is that the next month goes by and he’s cleared and he’s right back on the top pairing with Zdeno Chara. Bad news, that isn’t going to happen. We would all love to see it, but the idea of McAvoy returning by April 1st at Philadelphia is probably an unreasonable ask for him. If he gets looked at, feels right enough to get some work in then we might see him for the final weekend of the season when the Bruins finish off the season with Ottawa and Florida. Silver lining here is the defensive depth is going to get quality time in, and in no short supply with the brutal schedule the Bruins are staring in the face.

Patrice Bergeron is also being evaluated in a few weeks, and with the fracture that he suffered is also unable to skate. We’re well aware of the fact that Bergeron is a professional and will not take much time to get right back into game shape following his hiatus. Possibly looking at some reduced minutes initially, or perhaps just simply getting a few extra games off leading up to the playoffs.

Lastly, just consider the quality of opponents and the on/off schedule Boston has left. Some less than desirable travel days loom, and there will not be a lot of time to rest up. There will be more injuries, hopefully nothing major but there are going to be guys banged up without question. It will be interesting to see how coach Bruce Cassidy handles his rotations and scratches over the next few weeks.

Boston Bruins record as of Wednesday, March 7th is 41-15-8, with 90 points.

All that said, here’s where I see it:

The most anticipated and undoubtedly important games remaining come against the Tampa Bay Lightning. 18 games left for a maximum of 36 points out for the taking. With 3 games against conference leading Tampa Bay, I predict the Bruins will go 1-1-1 head-to-head in March and April. The Lightning are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games including a current win streak of 3 games. This team is legit, no one doubts that. The Bruins are no slouches either, and will take three points out of the Bolts. It’s not an easy call to predict an OT loss with Boston’s recent success in extra frames, but Tampa Bay will take it if that one is on their home ice. Contrarily, I feel the same that if a game went to overtime in Boston, it would be the Bruins taking the extra point.

Another key matchup would be the two games remaining against Philadelphia. One home on March 8th and one on the road April 1st. The Flyers are a more dangerous team than their record may suggest. Certainly their goal differential isn’t ideal at +4, but this team can surprise people. Although they failed to use the deadline as a way to bolster their roster for the playoffs with GM Ron Hextall admitting the prices for rentals were too high for his liking stating they were in this ‘for the long haul’, and he wasn’t going to make ‘emotional decisions’. Probably the correct play on his part as Philadelphia aren’t necessarily considered true cup contenders — but they sure are built to play spoiler if teams aren’t careful. I believe the Bruins have enough depth to take the full 4 points from them, but wouldn’t be shocked if they split the difference with the Flyers.

A stretch we should also be looking at is March 21st through March 27th where within that seven days the Bruins travel to St. Louis, Dallas, Minnesota, and Winnipeg who are all strong teams in the West. Only the Blues are currently on the outside looking in with regards to the playoffs — however they only sit 2 points outside of the wild card. If the Bruins come to each of these games and match the hunger and compete level I would call taking 5 out of a possible 8 points as being a ‘win’ for that road trip. Oh, and incase you were wondering their next game coming off that is against Tampa Bay. Are we all starting to see how insane this schedule is about to be? Good grief.

And now my prediction:

The final stretch: 10-7-1 in the final 18 games, good for 21 points.
Overall 2017-2017 record: 51-22-9, with 111 points.

Here are some other predictions from our BNG Staff:

Court LaLonde  53-19-10, 116 points
Lauren Campbell  52-22-8, 112 points
Spencer Fascetta  50-22-10, 110 points
Mike Cratty  52-21-9, 113 points
KG  51-20-11, 113 points

If McAvoy and Bergeron were were healthy then the prediction would be 117 points on the nose. I even believe thats still possible, as predicted by our own Court LaLonde,  because of the depth, and players like Rick Nash and Jake DeBrusk getting hot. Brad Marchand being — well, himself. The 4th line being one of the best and most productive in the NHL. Even the defensive depth like Nick Holden and Matt Grzelcyk getting increased playing time is not a bad thing if you take into account that the ultimate goal is a deep playoff run.

Regardless, playing slightly above .500 hockey which is below our true expectations for this team but reasonable for what they face over the next 4 1/2 weeks. If the Bruins play .500 hockey from tomorrow’s game and through the end of the season we shouldn’t be surprised, though I’m sure panic would rain down on hockey twitter in the form of blaming a goaltender, an aging defender, or unproven youth. Remember folks, when they’re hot you love every single piece of this team — as you should.

Let’s all take this final stretch for what it really is. It’s a test. A test that Sweeney and Cassidy appear ready to handle.

Thomas Nyström, Contributor.
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Boston Bruins Post Game Recap: Game 62


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By KG | Follow on twitter @kgbngblog | FanCred at K G


With Patrice Bergeron still out, so Riley Nash fills in for him on the first line. Danton Heinen will be a healthy scratch with Matt Grzelcyk tonight, but according to Bruce Cassidy, Grzelcyk and others are “nursing these little nagging injuries.” The rest will be much appreciated as the Bruins start their descent into the last games of the season. Rask starts in net for Boston while DeSmith starts for Pittsburgh.

What I Am Looking Forward To

Two new Bruins are coming into the lineup tonight, Holden on defense and Gionta on the third line. Both seem to be just depth additions, but we’ll have to see if they can play the way that Tommy Wingels did in his debut. If these depth guys can all start playing well, it’ll mean that Bruce Cassidy can give more regular players a game off here or there to rest when they get near the end of the season. It also means that Cassidy will have options in the playoffs if someone goes down for a couple games.


Riley Nash got the first chance of the game early with a quick backhand shot from the slot, but Pittsburgh got the first goal on a knuckle puck from a wide open Olli Maatta. After a gritty shift and an icing, Rick Nash and his linemates Krejci and DeBrusk get the Bruins on the board after a great pass from Nash to a streaking Krejci. Chara started out the play with a simple cross ice pass to Nash. And if anyone was heading for a bathroom break after that goal, they would have missed David Pastrnak’s goal only a minute and eight seconds later. The Bruins headed to the power play after Evgeni Malkin held up a player going into the boards. This didn’t last long, as Rick Nash and the rest of power-play unit converted after some great board play and movement down low behind the net by Rick Nash, who would be the eventual goal scorer after redirecting Krug’s slap-pass to him. After a little bit of back-and-forth, Brian Dumoulin caught Jake DeBrusk in the face and went off for two on a high sticking call. He got lucky because the Bruins couldn’t convert. Shortly after Dumoulin got out of the box, old friend Phil “The Thrill” Kessel found the only opening that Rask had exposed while tight to the left post and bounced the puck off of Tuukka and in. The play settled down for at least a couple minutes while both teams started to play more physical, but as soon as you thought that maybe the teams would get into a possession type game, David Backes springs off of the side boards and fires a difficult shot over the left shoulder of Jarry to make it 4-2 Boston. And there was still 7 minutes in the period. After the goal, Patrick Hornqvist wanted to wake his team up and laid a devastating hit on young McAvoy. The point of contact originated directly on his head since McAvoy was looking for the puck, which seems to be like a pretty dangerous play, but no penalty was called since McAvoy had put himself in that position. A goal was called back from Pittsburgh because of a kicking motion AND a goalie interference. David Krejci went to the box the shift after because of a tripping call, and during the ensuing power play, the game got a whole lot chippier. The Bruins did a great job of moving the puck out of the zone while on the PK and did something you don’t see all that much. They would pass it to a forward moving up the ice and let them enter the zone and kill some extra time off the penalty. With the seconds on the clock dying out, Charlie McAvoy took a shot that was blocked and led to a 2 on 1 for Pittsburgh that led to a great slap shot by Sheahan that beat Rask on the blocker side with 0:02.2 left on the clock. The hectic period would end at a final score of 5-3 for Boston. We’re only 1/3 through this game.


BOS – Krejci (Rick Nash, Chara), Pastrnak (Marchand, Riley Nash), Rick Nash PP (Krug, Marchand), Backes (Gionta), Krug (Pastrnak, Riley Nash)

PIT – Maatta (Malkin), Kessel (Hornqvist, Malkin), Sheahan


The second period started with a Holding Stick penalty for the Penguins. After a shaky start for the Bruins on the man advantage, Nick Holden lasered a pass right to the stick of David Krejci for the 6-3 goal. Hornqvist was up to some more of his mischief in the second and McAvoy decided he was going to let Hornqvist know that he didn’t like his hit in the first period. Things escalated and it went to four on four where nothing major happened. Then, after Marchand did some fancy skating, he went to the box with Maatta. After the 4-on-4 expired, David Pastrnak took a lazy hooking penalty that put the Bruins on the penalty kill where they played pretty well and were able to kill it off. Then we had a battle of the Titans. A 6’9″ Chara squared off against the 6’7″ Oleksiak. It was a pretty good scrap, but both got tired early, but Chara did get a couple good shots. David Krejci found a rebound in on the edge of the crease to make it 7-3, and that was for his hattrick too. Pastrnak made a great move minutes later that pulled the goalie way out of the net, missed the shot and was redeemed by a great pass from Chara to make it a tap-in for Pasta. 8-3 Boston. The first 8-goal game for the Bruins since March of 2012. Krug was given a penalty at the end of the period for Interference and the Bruins headed to the dressing room with a five-goal lead.


BOS – Krejci PP (Holden, DeBrusk), Krejci PP (McAvoy, Holden), Pastrnak (Chara, McAvoy)



Pittsburgh started off on the power play, so the Bruins had to be ready for them to bring a lot of pressure early on. They were up to the challenge and killed off the penalty. The Bruins played well defensively early on, pushing the puck out of their zone and playing dump-and-chase for awhile. But on a defensive zone faceoff, Olli Maatta threw a shot on net that went off of two Boston players before it found the back of Tuukka’s net. Rask, while shaky at times, made sure the lead wouldn’t close any further, and played well the rest of the game. This was a statement win for Boston tonight.



PIT – Maatta (Kessel, Brassard)


Bruins fans should have a lot to cheer about. The second line is working wonderfully together, a third line center is still being effective in replacement of the probable Selke trophy winner, and the depth acquisitions at the deadline are effectively playing both sides of the puck. The real test will be how they play against Tampa Bay with three games starting just over two weeks from now.

KG’s Three Stars Of The Game

1st: David Krejci – How can I not give it to this guy? He played great all night, needing only a period and a bit to get a hattrick. He also had a good game defensively. He has really reminded people how good he is with Rick Nash now on his line.

2nd: Rick Nash – Nash had another big game, tallying a goal, an assist, and five shots in 15 minutes of play. He is exactly what Don Sweeney was looking for in a 2nd line winger. The trade keeps looking better and better.

3rd: David Pastrnak – He may have scored twice and had an assist, but Pastrnak did not play that great other than that. His first goal should have actually been Riley Nash’s goal, and he missed an open net seconds before his second goal. He still had three points in this game and contributed a great deal on offense.

MUP (Most Under-Appreciated Player): Zdeno Chara – Chara had a great game altogether. A very gritty, grind-it-out, 2011 Boston Bruins kind of game. He played hard along the boards and took on the young stallion Jamie Oleksiak, and got in a couple clean shots on him. A real captain kind of game.

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Zdeno Chara: The Bruins Ageless Wonder


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By: Lauren Campbell | Follow on Twitter: @lalalalaurrrren

In a year where the Bruins are completely exceeding expectations, there is one player who is quietly underrated. For what it’s worth, it’s definitely fun to talk about how fun this team is – from the rookies, Patrice Bergeron is having a spectacular year to Tuukka Rask completely turning into a brick wall – it’s easy to overlook one specific player.

That player is the captain of this team and someone who is proving age is just a number: Zdeno Chara.

Big Z will be 41-years-old in less than a month, and the’s shown no signs of aging. Maybe it’s playing with young kids such as Charlie McAvoy, or maybe he’s adopting some Tom Brady-like diet.

Or maybe he’s continuing to be a consistent, solid defenseman.

He showed just how solid of a player he is in last week’s 3-2 comeback win over Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. Chara was matched up against McDavid, who is arguably the games most dynamic offensive player, for 15:12 of the 17:40 he was on the ice.

During that time, Boston outshot Edmonton 12-4, and David  Krejci scored the game-winning goal late in the third period. But what was truly amazing about Chara being matched up against McDavid for most of his ice time was McDavid’s final line: zero goals, zero assists, a minus-1 rating and had just two shots.

Those two shots came in a two-second span, and it was just the 10 time on the season McDavid was held to zero points in a game.

Chara has always been a force on the ice season after season, but this 2017-18 season, much like the entire Bruins team, is exceeding expectations and is playing incredibly well at the age of 40.

His numbers aren’t anything spectacular – six goals and 11 assists doesn’t jump out at anyone – but his ice time most certainly does. The captain leads the team in average ice time with 23:20.

Chara has been the captain of this team for several years and this season especially is proving why he is continuing to be deserving of sporting the C. He is a veteran leader for the rookies and isn’t afraid to stand up for his teammates and drop the gloves.

We saw that this season against Anaheim when he went up against Ryan Getzlaf in January. No, he’s not a 20-year-old Charlie McAvoy or 21-year-old Jake DeBrusk – but Chara’s presence on the ice is something that needs to be paid attention to.

The black and gold are doing something spectacular this season. They’re in second place in the Atlantic Division during what was supposed to be a rebuilding year – and Chara is playing a significant role in where this team is in the standings.

Age is just a number, yes. New England sports fans see that every season with Tom Brady and what he does for the Patriots each year. But now Boston has another 40-year-old player to get excited about because it seems as if Chara is indeed an ageless wonder this season.

Ryan Donato – Boston’s Captain America

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By: Aaron Chisling     Follow me on Twitter at @achisling

On a Boston Bruins team that is getting league-wide recognition regarding it’s Stanley Cup contender status. Many have marveled at Boston’s ability to manage their core of playoff-proven players in Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Krejci, David Backes and Zdeno Chara with unproven rookie phenoms like Danton Heinen, Jake DeBrusk, Sean Kuraly and Charlie McAvoy. Don Sweeney and Bruce Cassidy have cooked up a successful recipe it seems.  Most would assume that based on this influx of youth that the Bruins are enjoying that their cupboard of prospects would be bare of upcoming, high-end talent. Boy, are they wrong.

Ryan Donato, son of Ted Donato who spent nine seasons with the Boston Bruins and played for Team USA in the 1992 Olympic Winter Games,  was selected by the Bruins in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He was selected in the 2nd round and 56th overall. He projected to be a long-term project, and it seems that the Bruins Brass’ patience will bear fruit. He looked outstanding at the 2017/2018 Bruins Development Camp. His performance at camp was right on par with Anders Bjork, if not better at times. He returned to Harvard where Teddy Donato is the Head Coach. He’s been scoring at a torrid pace, playing 23 games on the season while tallying 21 goals and 10 assists, with 1.35 points per game average. Each year he’s played with the Crimson, he’s had a definite improvement in his production. Take a look at the marked improvement each year below.

2018-02-16 07_50_17-Ryan Donato Career Statistics _ College Hockey NewsStatistics courtesy of Collegehockeynews.com

In addition to skyrocketing up the Bruins prospect rankings, Donato has attracted some international competitive attention this year. With Gary Bettman and the NHL’s Board of Governors electing to forego Olympic participation during the Pyeongchang Games, Team USA was forced to dip into the non-NHL-contracted player pool to assemble its roster. Ryan Donato was named to the team and has played a prominent role thus far. He’s been put on a line with 2017 WJC shootout hero Troy Terry and former NHL player Mark Arcobello. The trio has already developed some impressive chemistry and will be relied upon to do much of Team USA’s damage on the scoreboard. Last night’s close victory over Slovakia was a demonstration of just that. Check out this filthy goal which was Donato’s second of the night and the eventual game-winning goal.

If Team USA is to overcome the adversity and challenge ahead of them and eventually medal, Bruins prospect Ryan Donato will have a significant part in the performance. How crazy would it be to win Olympic Gold and potentially a Stanley Cup in the same season? It’s unlikely, but it’s looking more and more possible every day that the Bruins continue on the path that they’re on right now. If Ryan Donato keeps up the pace he’s at, Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney will have no choice but to make a spot for him. Having too many good players is a significant problem to have, and I know Sweeney would feel the same way. Ryan Donato and Team USA face the Olympic Athletes from Russia at 7:10 AM ET on Saturday. I’ll be watching. You should know too.

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Should the Bruins keep Carlo?


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By: Spencer Fascetta                                                               Twitter: @pucknerdhockey

More than the “Trade Tuukka” chants, or the “Deal Krug” narrative, I have been most perplexed and frustrated by the trend of Bruins fans to constantly bring down Brandon Carlo. Carlo is a bonafide Top 4 defenseman in this league, does plenty well, and as soon as he makes a 21-year-old mistake (oh yeah, buried the lede here – HE’S STILL ONLY 21), people jump on the bandwagon and scream from atop the highrises in Boston to get rid of him as fast as possible. To me, this is twofold. For one, Boston fans are consistently impatient. They don’t like waiting too long for players to develop and are quick to bash youngsters for their flaws. This is likely due to how spoiled they have been as a fanbase. When you are exposed to Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, Zdeno Chara, and now the emerging Charlie McAvoy, fair weather fans have a tendency to assume that every young defenseman should be this way, or they are automatically a bust.

No, they are not.

The irony is until McAvoy came along, Carlo was the beloved d-prospect who fans didn’t want to be dealt for anyone short of Connor McDavid, and three first-round picks (still may want to check on that, Pete Chiarelli’s starting to get desperate). As soon as McAvoy broke onto the scene, well, Carlo just wasn’t Chuckie. Newsflash: they have completely different skillsets, and that’s OK.

NHL: Boston Bruins at Arizona Coyotes

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The second reason I think is that Carlo stands at 6’5″, 203 lbs, and doesn’t pile up highlight-reel, bone-crushing hits. I like to call this “Dougie Hamilton Syndrome,” only, Carlo hasn’t put up the pure offensive numbers that let some fans stomach Hamilton’s perceived lack of physicality. This is a fundamental flaw in how people perceive defense should be played. You do not have to hit people to be a good defenseman. You do not have to hit people because you are big. Carlo’s game is much, much more than that. But, you try explaining that to the fanbase of the Big Bad Bruins. They always have time (and wayyyyy too much money) for the grizzled veteran who will knock an opponent’s face in (I see you, Adam McQuaid).

By this time, you know my schtick – present an argument I find ridiculous and provide plenty of graphical information to support my hypothesis. In short, nerd stuff. Might I say, PUCKNerd Stuff? Yeah, I know, humor’s not really my forte. Anyhoo…


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I looked at the last two years of Boston defensemen since Carlo broke into the league and only looked at players who suited up for a minimum of 500 minutes in the black and gold. This limits the dataset to guys who are heavily relied upon and likely played Top 4 minutes for a long stretch in that timeframe. There are only 7 players who qualify: Zdeno Chara, Adam McQuaid, Charlie McAvoy (yeah, ALREADY), Kevan Miller, Colin Miller, Torey Krug, and, yes, Brandon Carlo. Below is a distribution of their zone starts.

Bruins Defensemen Zone Start Distribution

Red represents the percentage of shifts started in the offensive zone, orange in the neutral zone, and blue in the defensive zone. You may be interested to note that Carlo has the second lowest percentage of his shifts start in the offensive zone, and the second highest percentage of his shifts start in the defensive zone. The only player getting a higher chunk of his shifts starting in his own zone is Zdeno Chara. Mind you, Carlo broke into the league as a 19-year-old. This says that not only do the Bruins trust him in his own zone, they rely heavily on him to get the job done.


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Well, that’s great. But a zone starts distribution that favors defensive zone starts does not necessarily equate to a GOOD defensive player. So, let’s look at Corsi For and Against per Hour. This normalizes Corsi rates for ice time, though the size of the data points equates to the percentage of total time on ice of the team’s time on the ice each player was deployed for.

Bruins Defensemen Corsi ForAgainst per Hour

Only Chara and McAvoy see a more significant percentage of the team’s ice time than Carlo, and he is their best Corsi Against player by a decent amount. Not only that, but he is also a net positive in Corsi, as he falls favorably within the “good” quadrant. What does this indicate? When he is on the ice, the Bruins are producing more shot attempts than the other team, which is indicative of better puck possession. This made me a bit skeptical, as our good friend Adam McQuaid ALSO shows up in that quadrant. So, what if we look at the TYPE of minutes Carlo has been asked to play?

Bruins Defensemen Minutes Difficulty versus Shot Suppression per Hour

Looking at the Time on Ice percentage adjusted for quality of competition, and comparing that to shot suppression, or Corsi Against per Hour, also adjusted for quality of competition, you start seeing a better picture. Pay close attention to the axes. The Corsi axis (the x-axis on your standard graph) is between 55% and 58% Corsi – an average possession player will fall around 50%. Based on this, Carlo appears to have played the 3rd most against the hardest competition. This makes sense, as it is supported by the previous chart. He is still good at suppressing the opposition, as his Corsi Against per Hour is third lowest of this group – meaning he actually has the third lowest number of shot attempts allowed while is on the ice of this group. Curiously, Colin Miller and Adam McQuaid are the only ones who are better at shot suppression but play significantly easier minutes and a much lower number of minutes. Also, Charlie McAvoy is the definition of fun, but he is playing easily the most difficult opposition of this group as a 21-year-old rookie. That’s objectively ridiculous. Please give him the Calder NOW.


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At this point, some of you might be saying, “Carlo is obviously a product of who he plays with.” AHA. I have out-thought you because I already have that information for you. Carlo Partners Number of Games with Each Partner

Since making his NHL debut, Brandon Carlo has played significant minutes (more than a couple of games) with only four players: Torey Krug, Zdeno Chara, John-Michael Liles, and Kevan Miller, with the majority of his time being spent with (by far) Chara and Krug.

Carlo Partners Zone Start Ratio

The 50% line on this chart represents an even distribution of zone starts. Those falling below the line favor defensive zone starts, those high favor offensive zone starts. As one would expect, Carlo has seen a lot more aggressive zone starts when paired with Torey Krug. With the other three, he was hemmed in his own end quite a bit.

Carlo Partners Corsi For versus Against per Hour

Let’s check out that Corsi For versus Against per Hour graph again, but this time, look at how each pairing performed. The Liles/Carlo pairing was objectively bad, but the other 3 have been reasonably good. Krug/Carlo is far and away the best pairing of this group, and they’ve played enough of a sample size of games together to indicate that this is real. In fact, looking at the PDO values for each pairing, each of which suggests how repeatable their performance is (PDO = save percentage + shooting percentage; expect most PDO values to trend towards 100.0), you see that the three best pairings actually seem to be about where they should be. The Liles pairing, let’s chalk that up to limited sample size.

Carlo Partners PDO

Now, I checked out how efficient each pairing was regarding offensive production. I compared expected goals differential to their produced goals differential to do so. Trending towards the top right of the graph is good, towards the bottom left is kind of bad, and any other direction indicates that they are not performing as expected.

Carlo Partners Expected versus True Goals Differential

The Chara/Carlo pairing is clearly the best, buoyed in large part to a high expected goal differential. The Krug/Carlo pairing is actually underperforming, while the other two pairings, well, they weren’t tremendously good.

New York Rangers v Boston Bruins

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Great. So, Carlo is a good defenseman – when compared to his own teammates. Despite Boston’s reputation as one of the more defensively stout teams in the league, that doesn’t mean a whole heck of a lot. So, let’s look at Carlo in comparison to all NHL defensemen who have played over 1000 minutes since his NHL debut.

Defensemen Minutes Difficulty versus Shot Suppression per Hour

Looking at a comparison of the difficulty of minutes and shot suppression ability per hour, as we did for the partners Carlo has played with, Carlo matches up quite favorably to some of the NHL’s elite. I have pointed out Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns, the two most recent Norris Trophy winners, as well as Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who plays the most difficult minutes of any defenseman in the league by far, Yannick Weber, who has played the easiest minutes of this group by a large margin, as well as Fedor Tyutin, who has gotten his teeth caved in the most of anyone in this dataset. Carlo is firmly in the top 1/4th of the group, indicating that he is, at worst, a #3 defenseman in this league.

Defensemen Corsi For versus Against per Hour

Now, Corsi For and Against per Hour. How does he stack up? Well, Burns is ridiculous, Torey Krug is (unsurprisingly) a Top 5 offensive defenseman in the league, Morgan Rielly is quite good, and Carlo is well into the “good” quadrant. I think I will take him on my defense corps.

Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary (43) and Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo (25).

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What does all of this do to the trade Carlo argument? Well, Brandon Carlo is demonstrably a good defensive defenseman in the NHL at the ripe old age of 21. He’s a right-handed defenseman who is 6’5″ and skates incredibly well. He defends quite well in his own end and plays a very cerebral game on the back end. If you trade Carlo, you immediately will be looking for another Brandon Carlo. The good news is, he won’t need to play top pairing minutes in Boston, which allows him to dominate in a slightly lesser role, what with Charlie McAvoy looking very much like perennial Norris Candidate in his own right. So, please. Just because he makes some weird mistakes, let him figure it out and back off. The end result is going to be one you want to stick around for.

All data mined through the databases on Corsica.hockey. Collected as of January 17th, 2018. All graphs are courtesy of PuckNerd and are not to be used without the express written consent of myself. Thank you.

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Bruins Mid-Season Stat Prediction Check-Up


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By: KG                   Follow me on Twitter: @kgbngblog and on FanCred at K G

My first article on this site was a prediction piece on who I thought would lead the Bruins in stat categories at the end of the year. Well, we’re halfway there and it seems like most of them are holding up decently, but I’ll admit I have a couple ones that are way off. Here’s an update and look back at what I thought would happen at the start of the year. (Here’s the link to the original article)


My Prediction: Brad Marchand (40-43)

Current Leader: Brad Marchand (18)

I believe that Marchand can hold onto the lead. He has also played 8 games less than David Pastrnak and has one more goal than him. My darkhorse for this category is Patrice Bergeron. His four-goal game against Carolina helped him leap into the solo third spot with 16 goals.


My Prediction: Torey Krug (44-47)

Current Leader: Brad Marchand (23)

Torey Krug has struggled at times this season and has looked like he’s having a worse season offensively compared to some of his other seasons. Marchand, on the other hand, is taking over almost every offensive category. He’s really evolved over the years into an offensive star.


My Prediction: Patrice Bergeron (18-21)

Current Leader: Zdeno Chara (21)

Chara and McAvoy have one of the best line Goals For/Goals Against as a defensive pairing with 25 goals for and 11 goals against. Chara looks like he isn’t letting a decreasing speed slow him down defensively. Bergeron is just two behind Chara, so my original prediction still has a pretty good chance of coming true. And with the Bergeron/Marchand/Pastrnak line playing as well as they are now, Bergeron has a great opportunity for adding to his +/- total.


My Prediction: David Backes (220-230)

Current Leader: Charlie McAvoy (96)

This one is tricky since Backes has only been able to play 25 games this year. But from what we have seen so far from McAvoy and his style of physical yet skilled play, he could be the leader come the last game of the season. But with both Chara and Miller close on his tail, I’d say that this is going to come down to whether or not Miller gets more Time On Ice than he is now.

Faceoff Win %

My Prediction: Patrice Bergeron (57.5% – 59.75%)

Current Leader: Patrice Bergeron (57.3%)

As expected, Bergeron is leading the Bruins in FOW%. Again. He should hold onto the lead the rest of the season.

Power Play Goals

My Prediction: David Pastrnak (9 – 11)

Current Leader: Brad Marchand/David Pastrnak (6)

I’ve said this before, but Pastrnak has really turned into an Ovechkin-like player on the power play, waiting near the top of the top left faceoff circle for that perfect one-timer. Marchand has also been very successful on the PP so far this year with his ability to move the puck effectively. The Bruins currently have the 11th best power play with 20.7%, and it looks like it will keep getting better and better with more time of practicing in the same system.

Time On Ice Per Game Played

My Prediction: Charlie McAvoy (21:50-23:00)

Current Leader: Zdeno Chara (23:23)

Chara continues to show that he deserves at least another year on the Bruins roster when his current contract is up. He is playing at a level where he can lead his team in both +/- and TOI, and do it all at 40 years old. A player comparison of ice time for Chara is Aaron Ekblad, the 21-year-old on the Florida Panthers. Ekblad won the Calder back in the 2014-15 season. He has an average TOI of 23:54. Chara is playing close to the same amount of time per game as someone half his age. I believe that with Boston now at a 99.56% of making the playoffs, Bruce Cassidy will let Chara take a shift or two off when it gets closer to playoff time to rest him, letting McAvoy take over as top spot of the TOI category.


My Prediction: Brad Marchand (84-87)

Current Leader: Brad Marchand (41)

Marchand leads in both goals and assists, so it’s pretty clear to see that he leads in points, and he should. He’s currently playing at 1.21 points per game, and on that pace, he’d easily hit my 84-87 point prediction, and maybe go over.

Power Play Points

My Prediction: David Pastrnak (26-28)

Current Leader: David Pastrnak (14)

As I was saying before, Pastrnak is great on the man advantage. He may even pass the original prediction and make it closer to 30-32 points.

Game-Winning Goals

My Prediction: Brad Marchand (9-10)

Current Leader: Jake DeBrusk (3)

This is the most surprising stat so far. Especially since DeBrusk only has 10 goals total. My original pick of Marchand isn’t too far off since he is only one away at two GWG. I don’t see DeBrusk’s lead holding up.

Overtime Goals

My Prediction: Sean Kuraly (2-4)

Current Leader: Brad Marchand (1)

This was the boldest prediction that I made. I’m wrong on the prediction because…

  1. The Bruins have only won one game in overtime this season and are 3-8 when games go to overtime/shootout
  2. Brad Marchand is the only Bruin to score in an Overtime period this season
  3. Sean Kuraly doesn’t play all that much when it does go to OT

Probably not my smartest prediction, but I’m sticking to it. Hey, maybe that’s why they don’t win as much in OT. Not enough Kuraly.


My Prediction: Patrice Bergeron (290-310)

Current Leader: Patrice Bergeron (137)

Bergeron is a master at getting opportunities to the net. Many players have great shots and seem to shoot a lot, but Bergeron just seems to get the puck into the goalie almost everytime. He has 24 more shots than the 2nd place player (Pastrnak) in five fewer games. Just great stuff from someone who is thought of as a defensive player.

Penalty Minutes

My Prediction: Brad Marchand (85-89)

Current Leader: Kevan Miller (56)

Marchand hasn’t been suspended, fined or even gotten into an actual fight this year. He seems to be a slightly changed man. Now he’s just an agitator instead of an agitator that gets penalized. On the other hand, Miller has stepped into the role of the designated fighter with four majors so far this season. I expect him to continue to lead the team in this category unless McQuaid comes back from injury with a grudge. He’s racked up 12 PIMs in only six games played, and even when he comes back he may not try to fight as much to avoid re-injuring himself.

Shorthanded Points

My Prediction: Riley Nash (6-8)

Current Leader: Brad Marchand (2)

Riley Nash hasn’t registered a single point shorthanded this season. It seems like shorthanded production as a whole is down for the Bruins this season, with only three SHG scored all season. Marchand will probably continue to lead this category like he does with the majority of the points/offensive categories.


So far I’m 6/14 on my picks this season. Not great. But then again, it wouldn’t have been much fun if I had just chosen Marchand for 10 of them. Oh well.


Sources: Leftwinglock.com, NHL.com, FOXsports.com, Moneypuck.com, Hockeyfights.com, ESPN.com

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