March 29, 2013 by
It’s hard to believe that another two weeks of Bruins hockey have come and gone and the Black and Gold are set to enter the final month of the abbreviated NHL season. With a record of 21-7-4, it is fairly obvious that they are within striking distance of another Northeast Division crown, but as is the case every two weeks, it is time to take a much, much closer look at the team. Some of these stats are sure to have slipped by you as well as some surprising numbers that include which Bruin has the second-best shooting percentage on the team. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.
Patrice Bergeron has kept up his star play in the last two weeks.
0: Of the six players to have played in less than 10 games this season, none of them have scored a goal.
0: The team has had zero shootouts on the road this season. All six of them (4-2) have come on home ice for the B’s.
0: The Bruins have yet to lose a game in regulation when wearing their all black, alternate uniforms. They are 4-0-1 on the season with their most recent victory coming over the Capitals on March 16.
0: Through one game played, Torey Krug has not registered a shot on goal. He is the only Bruin who has dressed this year to not have registered a shot on net.
0: The team did not win consecutive games at all during the last two weeks.
0: The Bruins have not scored a first-period goal since their March 17 loss to Pittsburgh.
0:56: Adam McQuaid played 56 seconds on March 19 before being knocked out of the game with a shoulder strain.
1: One trade fell apart…
1: Krug now leads the team with one point per game.
1: Anton Khudobin made the first consecutive starts of his Bruins career on March 21 and 23 against Ottawa and Toronto. He won the first game, but was pulled in the third period of the second.
1: Nathan Horton registered the first Gordie Howe hat trick of his 573-game NHL career on March 16 against the Capitals.
1: The Bruins lost their first, and so far only, regulation game to a Southeast Division opponent on March 19 when they blew a late lead to the Jets. They are 8-1-1 against the worst division in hockey this season.
1: The number of correct predictions Shawn Thornton made before the start of the win over the Capitals on March 16. During the pregame warm-ups, No. 22 stated that Rich Peverley would score in the game. And he did.
1: This was the first time this season that the Bruins did not finish a two-week span over .500. They went 3-3-1 over the last two weeks,
1: A Bruins’ goaltender was pulled for the first time this season in the March 23 loss to the Leafs. Khudobin was removed 1:34 into the third period after allowing his third goal of the night and falling behind, 3-0.
1: Peverley missed his first game of the season on March 21 against Ottawa. He was the healthy scratch in that one as Claude Julien needed to try something to get things figured out. They are undefeated without him in the lineup.
1: Jay Pandolfo is the only Bruin to play in more than 10 games this season and not record a point. Aaron Johnson is currently at nine games without a point.
1:48: Milan Lucic scored just 1:48 after Nikolai Kulemin on March 25 to cut the Maple Leafs’ lead in half.
2: McQuaid will be out for at least two more weeks with the strained shoulder he suffered on March 19 against the Jets.
2: The Bruins are 13-2-1 when scoring first in games this season. They only scored first in two of their seven games in the last two weeks, however, and went 1-1 with a win over the Capitals and a loss to the Jets. They have fallen behind in each of their last four games.
2: Tuukka Rask had allowed two goals or more just five time in the first eight weeks of the season, but gave up three or more twice in four starts in the last two weeks.
2: The team blew two third-period leads over the last two weeks resulting in losses to both Winnipeg and Montreal.
2: The Bruins have currently played two straight overtime games against the Leafs and Canadiens. The only other time they have done that this season was in their second and third games against the Jets and Rangers.
2: Former Bruin, Michael Ryder, has scored 12 goals this season with two of them coming against the Bruins.
2: The Bruins’ two home regulation losses are tied for the fewest in the league with the Senators.
2.02: Rask’s 2.02 goals against average is second in the league.
2.57: The Bruins have scored 2.57 goals per game in the last two weeks, down from their season average of 2.8 per game.
3: McQuaid registered three penalties and nine minutes of penalty time on March 16 against the Caps. His nine penalty minutes tied a season high, which he also registered against the Rangers in the third game of the season.
3: Lucic logged a career-high three assists in the same game.
3: Dennis Seidenberg scored goals in back-to-back games on March 21 and 23 against Ottawa and Toronto. He has now done that three times in the past two seasons after doing it twice last year against Florida and Phoenix and then Tampa Bay and the Rangers.
3: Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron led the team with the most “three stars” awards as each of them had three.
3: As a team, the Bruins hit three posts in their 3-2 loss to the Maple Leafs on March 23.
3: In three starts over the last two weeks, Khudobin went 2-1 with wins over the Caps and Senators and a loss to the Leafs.
Anton Khudobin had a better start to the last two weeks than finish.
3: The 3-1 loss at Winnipeg on March 19 marked the third consecutive road defeat for the Bruins. That streak is the longest for them so far this year and longest for them since dropping four straight away from TD Garden last season between March 11 and 22 with losses to Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Florida and San Jose.
3: Bergeron became the third Bruin to reach double-digits in goals with his 10th of the year on Wednesday against Montreal.
3: Johnny Boychuk has missed the team’s last three games with a foot injury.
3: The Bruins’ largest win in the last two weeks came in the first game of the stretch when they beat the Capitals by three on March 16, 3-1. Their other two wins were each by one goal.
3: All three match-ups against the Canadiens this season have been decided by one goal.
3: The Bruins have killed 24 or more consecutive penalties three times this season with the most recent stretch ending on March 19 against the Jets. It began on March 3 against the Canadiens.
4: Brad Marchand and David Krejci have each scored four game-winning goals this season.
4: The Bruins ended their most recent two-week stretch with four straight games against Northeast Division opponents. They went 2-1-1 in those games, beating the Leafs and Senators and losing to the Canadiens in a shootout.
4: The Bruins’ four shootout wins are tied for the second-most in the league.
4: Bergeron registered four points on Wednesday against the Habs with a goal and three assists. It was his first four-point game since Nov. 23, 2009 against the Blues, when he had four assists.
5: The B’s tied their season-high with five goals Wednesday against the Canadiens, but were unable to hold on for the win.
6: The Bruins had six chances to score in the shootout against Montreal, but Seguin, Bergeron, Krejci, Marchand, Horton and Peverley all came up empty.
6: The first line of Lucic-Krejci-Horton was plus-6 in the first period of the March 16 game against the Caps. The trio combined for five points in the period as they were on the ice for both goals.
6: The Bruins have won six straight home games against Toronto with their last loss coming on March 31, 2011, 4-3, in a shootout.
6: The Bruins are a perfect 6-0 this season when Daniel Paille scores a goal, including 1-0 in the last two weeks when he scored against the Senators.
6: The B’s are one of just six teams to have won 20 games or more on the season.
7: Boston’s seven regulation losses are tied for the second-fewest in the league.
7: The Bruins are one of seven teams to have won 10 or more games on the road this season.
7: There are seven Bruins left who have yet to miss a game this season: Bergeron, Seguin, Horton, Zdeno Chara, Dougie Hamilton, Andrew Ference and Gregory Campbell.
7: Marchand scored just two goals in the last two weeks and ended a seven-game drought with his second-period goal on March 19.
7:40: The Bruins went 7:40 until they got a shot on net Wednesday against Montreal.
8: Marchand scored his 13th goal of the season just eight seconds into the second period of the game against Winnipeg on March 19.
Brad Marchand hasn’t been scoring a whole lot lately, but he did score very quickly in one game.
8: Boston’s eight-game win streak against the Maple Leafs ended with their 3-2 loss in Toronto on March 23.
8: Bergeron leads the team with 8 goals at home through 10 weeks of play.
8: Marchand leads the team with eight road goals.
8.2: Montreal’s Andrei Markov scored the game-tying goal with 8.2 seconds left on March 27 with Johnson in the box for a questionable delay-of-game call. The Habs would win the game in a shootout.
9: Two Bruins dropped their gloves in a nine-second span against the Caps on March 16. First, Marchand took on Mike Ribeiro and then Horton squared off with Matt Hendricks. It was the first fight of the year for each. Horton last fought on Jan. 7 of last year against the Canucks and first for Marchand since Dec. 5, 2011 against the Penguins.
9: The first line combined for nine of the team’s 12 points against Washington on March 16. They finished a combined plus-5 in the game.
9: The Maple Leafs had just nine shots on goal through two periods of their win over the B’s on March 23. The Bruins had 20, but lost the game, 3-2.
9: Peverley scored his fourth goal of the season nine seconds into a third-period slashing call on Jack Hillen in the March 16 victory over the Caps.
9: Peverley is also last on the team with a minus-9 rating.
10: Ten members of the team have reached double-figures in points with Seidenberg on the cusp as his total is nine.
10: Hamilton recorded his 10th assist of the season on Wednesday against Montreal. The mark is good for sixth on the team and tops among defensemen.
11: The B’s have won 11 straight games in Ottawa after beating the Sens, 2-1, at Scotiabank Place on March 21.
11: Matt Bartkowski has now played 11 games in his NHL career.
12: Bergeron leads the team with 12 “three stars” awards on the season.
13: Krejci leads the team with 13 road points.
13: The Bruins allowed a season-low 13 shots on net on March 23 against the Maple Leafs, but lost, 3-2.
12.5: The Bruins power play was successful on just 13.3 percent of its opportunities in the last two weeks (2-of-14).
14: Marchand continues to lead the team with 14 goals, though he scored just two in the last two weeks. This total ranks 15th in the league.
14: Paille is now second on the team behind Marchand with a shooting percentage of 14 percent.
14: The team was 14 games over .500 at the start of the span and are still 14 games over .500 at 21-7-4 two weeks later.
15: Rask’s 15 wins on the year are tied for third in the league.
16: Lucic scored his first goal in 16 games in the 3-2 shootout win over the Leafs in the home half of the home-and-home on March 25. He had not scored a goal since Feb. 24 against the Panthers.
16: The second line combined for 16 points in the last two weeks.
17: Ference became the 17th Bruin to score a goal this season as he picked up his first of the year in the team’s 26th game, a 4-1 win over the Capitals on March 16.
17: Seventeen of the 18 Bruins to dress on March 16 registered at least one shot on goal with Peverley, Seguin and Seidenberg leading the way with four apiece. Pandolfo was the only one without a shot as the team fired 38 on the day.
18: The Bruins scored just 18 goals in the last two weeks.
20: The Bruins outshot the Leafs by 20 on March 23, but still lost.
20: Bergeron leads the team with 20 points at home.
21: Bergeron also leads the team with 21 assists and is 20th in the league in that category.
22: Boston’s goal differential of plus-22 is the third-best in the league behind just Pittsburgh and Chicago.
22:40: Ference played a season-high 22:40 of ice time in Boston’s 2-1 regulation win over the Senators on March 21 as McQuaid missed his first game with the shoulder injury. Since the injury to No. 54, Ference has played 22:47 per game, which is over four minutes higher than his season average of 18:44.
23.3: Marchand still leads the team in shooting percentage at 23.3 percent.
23:35: The fourth line of Paille, Campbell and Thornton played 23:35 more than the third line of Pandolfo, Caron and Ryan Spooner on March 21 against Ottawa.
The fourth has not been playing like the fourth line of late.
24: Bergeron leads the team and is third in the league with a rating of plus-24.
24:59: Chara leads the team and is 16th in the league with an average of 24:59 played each night. Seidenberg is second on the team and Bergeron is fourth, but first among forwards.
25: Bartkowski became the 25th skater to dress for a game this year as he made his season-debut on March 23 against the Maple Leafs.
27: The Bruins tied their longest streak of consecutive penalties killed on the season with 27 straight from March 3 until allowing a goal on March 19 against the Jets.
30: The goal that Ference scored on March 16 was his first in 30 games dating back to March 29, 2012.
31: Bergeron’s 31 points rank 24th in the league.
33: Seidenberg went 33 games since scoring his last goal on April 1, 2012 in a win over the Rangers. It was also the last time he scored in back-to-back games, which he did this season as well.
35: Horton recorded his first three-point game in 35 games with a goal and two assists on March 16 against the Caps. His last came on Jan. 5, 2012 in the 9-0 win over the Flames at The Garden.
45.833: Spooner has a faceoff percentage of 45.833 percent on the road this season in case you were wondering.
46: The Bruins’ 46 points are the fifth-most in the league.
57: The Jets scored two goals 57 seconds apart to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead on their way to beating the B’s, 3-1, on March 19. Blake Wheeler scored at 11:44 of the third and Evander Kane notched the game-winner at 12:41.
57: Lucic leads the team and is 21st in the league with 57 penalty minutes.
68: The second line of Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin is a combined plus-68 on the season. The first line of Lucic-Krejci-Horton is just plus-5 for the year.
71: Jordan Caron has played 71 shifts at home this season in case you were wondering.
72: The Bruins are tied for the fewest goals allowed in the league with just 72 on the season.
75: The first line accounted for 75 percent of the points scored against the Caps on March 16. They had two of the four goals and all but one of the eight assists.
79: This season, 79 percent of Marchand’s goals (11-of-14) have come on just one day of rest.
82.3: The Boston penalty kill was successful on 82.3 percent of its opportunities during the last two weeks (14-of-17).
91.2: Boston still leads the league in penalty kill percentage at 91.2 percent.
100: All 18 of the Bruins’ regulars have now scored on the season (100 percent) as Sedenberg was the last to do so on March 21 against the Sens. That leaves just Caron, Pandolfo, Bartkowski, Johnson, Spooner, Lane MacDermaid and Jamie Tardif who have combined to play just 43 games so far, as the only guys who have not found the back of the net.
105: Seguin leads the team with 105 shots on goal.
170: The B’s allowed 170 shots on net over the last two weeks.
200: Marchand played in his 200th career game on March 16. He had no points and just one shot on goal, but did fight Ribeiro for the winners. All of his games have come in a Bruins’ uniform.
230: As a team, the Bruins registered 230 shots on goal in the last two weeks.
300: Krejci picked up the 300th point of his NHL career with an assist on Peverley’s goal in the win against the Caps.
563:02: It took Seidenberg 563:02 of ice time this season before he scored his first goal. It came with 1:04 remaining in his 27th game of the season.
649: The Bruins and the Leafs met for the 649th time in their histories on March 25 with the B’s earning their 287th win against Toronto.
720: The game between the Bruins and the Canadiens on March 27 was the 720th all-time meeting between the franchises. Boston fell to 270-340-103-7 against the hated Habs.
.923: Rask’s .923 save percentage is good for sixth in the league.
933: Chara leads the team with 933 shifts this season. The next highest Bruin is Seidenberg, who has played 819. Bergeron leads all forwards with 817 and Ference, surprisingly, is fourth on the team with 793 shifts.
It’s no surprise that Zdeno Chara is leading the team in shifts as well as ice time.
Everyone was aware of all of those, though, I’m sure. Now that you are aware, keep an extra eye out for the more subtle, but definitely more interesting statistics our beloved Boston Bruins provide us with and look out two weeks from today for the second-to-last edition of the regular season. Go B’s.
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