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Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers 11/22

Despite a couple of consecutive startling losses, the Bruins have weathered the storm without Zdeno Chara quite nicely over the last month or so. They are now…since losing their captain, including…over the last two weeks. Also during that time, one winger notched an offensive milestone, Toronto scored the most goals it has scored against Boston at home in 14 years and one Bruins leader had his worst individual game in over three years. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

The Bruins celebrate a goal during a come-from-behind win in Columbus.

The Bruins celebrate a goal during a come-from-behind win in Columbus.

1: Somehow, Simon Gagne, Dougie Hamilton and Dennis Seidenberg were each plus-1 in the 6-1 loss to the Maple Leafs on Nov. 12 and no one was worse than minus-2.

1: Matt Fraser’s fight with Nathan Beaulieu of the Canadiens on Nov. 13 was his first penalty of the season in his 10th game.



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1: Matt Bartkowski recorded his first point of the season on Torey Krug’s Nov. 18 goal against the Blues though it was only his sixth game of 2014-15. Bartkowski, who still does not have a goal in 91 regular-season NHL games, notched his first point since April 3.

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Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers – 11/9/14

Since losing Zdeno Chara a little over two weeks ago, the Bruins have collectively stepped up and gone 5-1-0 without their captain in the lineup. Guys like Dougie Hamilton and Brad Marchand have really started to take off and despite all of the injuries on the blue line, Boston now sits just one point behind the Canadiens. Here is a closer look at some of the statistics, which includes a look at just how hot Marchand has been, a first for one former Bruin and the continuing domination of the Black and Gold against one rival netminder. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

Brad Marchand has been a big part of the Bruins' success in the last couple of weeks.

Brad Marchand has been a big part of the Bruins’ success in the last couple of weeks.

0: The Bruins did not have a power play against the Panthers on Tuesday. It was the first time since March 17 of last season that they did not have a power-play opportunity.

1: Shawn Thornton played in his first ever game as a visitor at TD Garden on Tuesday night. It was also the first time he had ever played against the Bruins.

1: Zach Trotman picked up his first career point with an assist on Seth Griffith’s goal in the first period of the Oct. 28 game against the Wild.

1:28: Matt Fraser scored two goals in 1:28 in the second period against the Senators last Saturday to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead.

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Celtics Season Preview: Is Contention Out Of The Question?

 

A new Celtic season is less than a week away. This year’s team figures to be better than the team last year – at least that’s how it seems on paper and in preseason games. Nobody is expecting a run in the playoffs, that’s for sure. But at the very least, green-teamers like myself would rather see this team contend for a low playoff seed, than tank for a second straight year. What does this team need to do to make that happen, you ask? Well, in this 2014-15 Celtics season preview, here are five things that the team needs in order to be successful this year, and contend for a playoff spot.

 

The Team Gels and Finds an Identity

The Celtics roster boasts some good young talent, and the current roster as it stands is cut out to run. The team is surprisingly deep across all positions. In fact, almost too deep, to the point where some players may see undeserving time cuts. However, many players on this team can play multiple positions which gives Brad Stevens the ability to mix and match more lineups. Jeff Green can play both forward positions as can Gerald Wallace. Rookie point guard Marcus Smart may see some time at shooting guard backing up Avery Bradley, and so will Marcus Thorton and newcomer Evan Turner, who is slated to back up Green at the small forward position. Also backing up Green are Wallace, and rookie James Young. The power forward and center positions are not much different, with Bass, Sullinger, Olynyk and Tyler Zeller, the only “true” center on the roster. Many players on this roster could start, but outside of Rondo, nothing is set in stone. It will be interesting to see if Stevens can get all of these players into a rotation that can click and play team ball at all times. The deeper the roster, the more difficult that can get. Stevens has his work cut out for him this year.

 

Rondo Has a Max Contract Season

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It does not matter how many times Ainge says he doesn’t intend on trading Rondo, or how many times Rondo says he wants to stay in Boston. He could still get traded, especially considering Ainge is prone to pull the trigger on the right trade. The Celtics will look at all options to trade their veteran point guard at any sign of a repeat of last year. It certainly does not help that Rondo is slated to miss the start of the season after breaking his hand in the shower. The Celtics will only go as far as Rondo leads them. It’s clear Ainge wants him to be the man who leads this team for years to come. Rondo needs to prove he can do that this year. If the team gets off to a poor start, he could be gone come trade deadline. If he is dealt, the promising rookie Marcus Smart would likely assume the point guard position.

 

Jeff Green Shows Consistency 

Only 28 years old and in the prime of his career, Jeff Green could be due for a much improved season. Despite having an up-and-down year last year, he still has a high ceiling as a player and as a leader of this club. Stevens has boasted about Green’s swagger that he has seen from him coming into training camp, which is a very encouraging sign. His main issue last year was his consistency both in his game and his intensity. Last year, he was considered the go-to-guy on a team that didn’t have many other options. With more scorers around him this year, a lot of that pressure could be alleviated.

 

Evan Turner Finds His Role

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Evan Turner officially inked a 2-year deal on Monday, worth $6.7 million. As of now, Turner will back up Jeff Green and Avery Bradley at shooting guard and small forward. It’s unclear how much time he will see off the bench, especially with premium the Celtics have in the backcourt and at small forward. Turner was traded to the Indiana Pacers after what looked to be a break-out year for the 76ers. Coming off the bench did not suit Turner, as he struggled to contribute in a limited role down the stretch of the regular season and in the playoffs. The hope for the Celtics would be for Turner will find a way to make the most of his minutes off the bench as this team’s sixth man. I could also see him getting some action down the stretch in close games. He has a dangerous mid-range game and great court vision, and could gel well with the Rondo. However, with Avery Bradley’s new four-year, $32 million contract this offseason, it’s clear who the main man at shooting guard will be.

 

People Can Understand Gerald Wallace

That probably won’t happen. In all seriousness, Wallace may actually find himself playing some power forward this year, on a team that lacks some depth at PF and C. He is an above-average defender with a big enough frame to defend the PF position. Wallace is the team’s most veteran player, and plays a bigger role than most think in terms of veteran leadership and the intangibles, something this young team really needs. It would also be nice for the Celtics to get the most out of his $10 million contract this year.

 

 

What this transfer window could spell for the Revs

As the Major League Soccer transfer window winds down here within this coming week we see the Revs finally make a move. A move in what many would argue the wrong direction, New England has sent Honduran international Jerry Bengston on loan to Argentinean side Belgrano. The Honduran has been known to frustrate fans since joining the Revolution as a designated player in 2012. Fans frustrations lie with the fact that Bengston appears to save his best performances for the international team having scored 19 goals for the Honduran side while finding a measly 4 shots in the back of the net for the Revs.

The Revolution have team needs which must be met if there are to be any hopes of pushing for the cup and a loan may be just the key. Moving Bengston gives him a chance to find his scoring form for a side that can afford to give him the patience to do so while allowing the Revolution to get his wages off the bill. A designated player’s wages gone means New England can splash some cash in hopes of bringing in a defensive midfielder and a consistent scorer.

Could Juan Agudelo be making his way back to New England?

Could Juan Agudelo be making his way back to New England?

One such consistent scorer whose name has been thrown around recently is none other than former American international and Revolution player, Juan Agudelo. Agudelo has seen his attempts at getting a work permit in England stall and as a result has become a free agent. Agudelo left New England on his own terms as the Revolution failed to offer him a big enough contract late last year. Agudelo has seen his potential plateau a bit in recent years however, at 21 he has the opportunity to become an established goal scorer in a league that is growing bigger with every passing minute.

Free Agent Frenzy: Shawn Thornton Heads to Florida

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Well, Boston fans, it’s official:

Former depth forward and longtime Bruins fan favorite Shawn Thornton is headed south.

According to CBS Sports, the Florida Panthers picked up Thornton about an hour after Free Agency opened on Tuesday, July 1st.

Thornton has been signed to a two-year, $1.2 million dollar deal by Boston’s division rivals, which is only a slight raise from the $1.1 million he was receiving from the B’s. Quite a steal for Florida, who are still sitting under the salary floor two hours after negotiations began.

Boston is going to miss Thorty, who was not only an effective enforcer on the ice, but was a leader on the team in the locker room. Best of luck, and here’s to all the season matchups against Florida that will give Boston fans the opportunity to see one of the team’s favorite guys for the past few years.

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