Just in case you forgot: The Bruins are no longer Stanley Cup champions. The Wild have stocked up on talent. Tim Thomas is still hiding in a cave somewhere. The Sedin Sisters are still soft. And Zdeno Chara is still 6-foot-9-inches tall.
Hockey is back and it has brought with it all of its fantastic finishes, furious flurries and of course, its fascinating statistics. Whether it’s how many times Jack Edwards calls it the penalty bench or how many girls Tyler Seguin got on his 21st birthday, there will be stats you don’t notice. And here are some of the most interesting.
0: Somewhat interesting is the fact that the team has not shut out any of its seven opponents or been shut out on the year.
0: The Bruins have no players in the top-40 in the league in points through the first two weeks of the season. David Krejci is 51st with seven points. He is their only player in the top-40 in the assists as well as his five have him on the list at No. 40.
1: Through seven games, Seguin has just one goal and it came in the empty-net variety at the end of the win over the Hurricanes on Jan. 28. He has just four total points so far on the year.
1: Boston ranks first in the Eastern Conference through the first two weeks of the season. They finished second in the East last year.
1: Brad Marchand has the Bruins’ only short-handed goal through seven games.
1: The Bruins already have as many wins against the Rangers (1) as they did all of last season.
1: The number of goals that the third line has combined for thus far. Rich Peverley finally got the trio’s first against Buffalo in the team’s seventh game.
1: The number of hot dogs launched at Seguin as he attempted his shot in the shootout against the Devils this past Tuesday.
1: The number of fighting majors that Patrice Bergeron has in his NHL career. He almost picked up his second on Monday.
2: The number of times he beat Johan Hedberg in said shootout.
2: The Bruins have two players who are perfect this season in shootouts. Seguin is 2-for-2 (3-for-3 really) and Marchand is 1-for-1 after Tuesday’s game-winner against New Jersey, which was also the first attempt for him in his four-year NHL career.
3: Shawn Thornton leads the club with three fighting majors through seven games. Three other Bruins have combined for four additional fights in 2013.