It has not been the prettiest of starts for the Bruins in 2014-15 as they look to rebound from their early playoff exit last spring. With a fair share of injuries in the first two weeks, the B’s have struggled through their first nine games, but have shown signs of improvement after putting up a dismal four goals in their first four. Some of their most reliable offensive weapons have gotten off to slow starts and a lot of guys have had to learn to play with new linemates. Here is a deeper look at how Boston has fared statistically through the first two weeks of the season with some interesting nuggets on player, team and opponent stats.
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These are words/phrases you seldom heard about the Boston Bruins defense over the last 4 years.
However, this season is a different story.
The B’s “D” just seems out of sorts and at times downright lost.
The pre-season trade of Johnny Boychuk was a complete jarring jolt to the Black & Gold’s roster and their play showed it at the beginning of the season (1-3). Johnny Rocket was perceived by many to be a top four defenseman for the Black & Gold this year.
Johnny Boychuk is one of the most underrated defensemen in the NHL as a strong two-way player. He’s entering his sixth season with the Boston Bruins and will play a top-four role on one of the league’s best blue lines.
Peter Chiarelli’s unloading of salary, threw a 500 pound monkey wrench into the defensive pairings and put more pressure on the young d corps (Miller, Hamilton & Krug).
The Bruins GM felt that he could overcome the loss of Boychuk with the team’s blue line depth. Well through 9 games this season, his depth is becoming depleted with the loss of Kevan Miller to a dislocated shoulder and Zdeno Chara suffering a knee injury.
This leaves Dennis Seidenberg, who is still shaking off the rust coming back from a major knee injury. Adam McQuaid, who is a shell of his 2011 (+30) self, playing just 70 total games over the last two plus seasons. Dougie Hamilton, who has struggled mightily with Chara on the team’s top defensive pairing registering a collective – 4. Torey Krug, who is great offensively, but needs a defensive minded partner to cover up his mistakes. And Matt Bartkowski is the equivalent of a 43 car pile up.
Granted, there are over 73 games left in the season, but there is a pattern developing with the once solid defensive corps of the Boston Bruins….they are SLOPPY in their own end. They are coughing up the puck in front of their own net, leaving Rask & Svedberg out to dry.
And to add insult to injury, the defending Selke trophy winner, Patrice Bergeron appears to be human and is struggling as well. He is actually a minus player right now.
They are far from BIG & BAD right now and a big part of that mindset is now wearing the blue, white & orange of the New York Islanders.
If you are a Bruins fan, be concerned and scared. This is not the exception, this looks like the rule.
And you can thank Mr. Peter Chiarelli for doing a great job managing the salary cap as owner Jeremy Jacobs so eloquently put it.
Everyone knows that Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask rocks between the pipes, but did you know he rocks out behind the drums?
It has been well documented that #40 is a raging metal head, but he also like his share of jam band music.
This past Saturday night in Buffalo, Rask backed the band, The Mustn’ts on a Phish cover.
Tuukka knows how to bang the skins but I rather see his drumming talents at work during a Metallica or Megadeth metal skull crusher….
Pot Of Baked Beans Goes To Jam Base!
Johnny Boychuk, we hardly knew you indeed. In just 6 short years in the Hub of hockey, your thunderous hits and laser like slappers made you a fan favorite of Boston Bruins fans everywhere. You were a blue collar worker on skates and gave your all for your teammates.
Boom Boom Boychuk…
You will be missed…
Happy trails #55….happy trails….
Pot of Baked Beans Goes To Boston Bruins Reddit!
Who is the Awesome Jeffy Poo you ask? He is a passionate Bruins fan with some SWEET Black & Gold gloves.
The Gloves DON’T LIE people!
He is about to get you fired up for another season of Boston Bruins hockey!
Are you ready?!?!
Seriously, I have no f’n idea what that was. He is a Pittsburgh Steelers fan too, so that might explain it.
I really don’t know what is going on at all, perhaps he just likes the colors Black & Gold?
Well thanks Awesome Jeffy Poo….I am fired up for Bruins hockey now…..I think…..
In New England, you can’t much better than the Bruins & donuts. Well in this case, you can.
— Kyle Clauss (@KyleClauss) September 17, 2014
This has to be the most tastiest and most fattening Bruins Spoked B ever.
And it’s GLORIOUS!
Great job Union Square Donuts!