The 11_8 Boston Bruins are struggling to find an identity and consistency. After a disappointing loss to Detroit, the team is having issues. Forward Jake DeBrusk has requested a trade and Trent Frederick is in Coach Bruce Cassidy’s, dog house. On the plus side, the Bruins allowed only 53 goals after22 games. In this post, we will review three areas of improvement.
Play Smart And Physical
Veteran Brad Marchand has been suspended for three games. His dirty hit on Oliver Ekman Larson was foolish. Plays like these have cost the Bruins points. Head Coach Bruce Cassidy is out with Covid_19. As it stands now, the Bruins would not qualify for the playoffs.
Offseason signees Taylor Hall, Thomas Nosek, and Erik Haula, have been disappointing. Hall has 5 five goals and 6 assists for a minus 2 needs to get going. Nosek has only 2 goals and 2 assists. Center Erik Haula has 1 goal 2 assists for a minus five.
The production has been non_existent and the standings show it. They hurt themselves by losing to Detroit.
After twenty_two games, the Bruins show 57 goals. They rank 23rd in the NHL in Goals. On the bright side, they have given up 53 goals. The club has a decent defense but could use some help. Newly acquired, Derek Forbert has been impressive. His size certainly helps. Charlie Mc Avoy is one of the games best. Brandon Carlo has been steady.
However, the defense continues to allow the opposition to walk in and score. Adding another physical defenseman would help. Goaltenders Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark have been OK. But the lack of scoring has put additional pressure on them. When the team shoots, they will be competitive.
Time Will Tell
The season is still early. Only time will tell. The front office will look foolish if they do not make the playoffs. Over the past five years, the club has drafted poorly.
The Bruins are struggling Brad Marchand’s reputation has hurt them in the win column. Jake DeBrusk has requested a trade. Rumblings of a Tuukka Rask returning are in the background. The tandem of Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark has been average. They need consistency.