Bruins recap: Time for change in net
It has been four years since the Bruins have hoisted the coveted Stanley Cup, and from that team, only seven players remain, (Bergeron, Chara, Krejci, Rask, Kelly, McQuaid, Marchand). These veterans are trying to right the ship in Boston, as the Bruins have begun the season 7-6-1.
Since an overtime loss still technically means you lost the game (even though you gained a point) I will count it into the main loss column, making Boston a .500 team, with a total of 15 points.
As of right now, Boston stands fourth in their division, behind Tampa Bay, Ottawa and the red-hot Montreal Canadiens. Starting the season losing four of their first six, many believed that the season was over and done with. However, the Bruins turned things around fast, winning four straight, to improve to 6-3-1. But then everything came crashing back down to earth, when Boston lost three straight against powerhouses Montreal, Washington and Dallas. While they did play tough teams, two on the road, these games may truly show what is written in the stars for the Bruins this season.
Improvements need to made defensively, if the Bruins want to turn this season around and make the playoffs. It is very possible that a change in goal could come soon. Tukkaa Rask has a horrendous 3.22 GAA this season, with a 4-5-1 record. His backup, Jonas Gustavsson has a mediocre 2.25 GAA this season, however with a solid record of 3-1-0.
Many fans, including myself, see this a time for change. Jonas has proved himself this season, and going with him as a starter for a while could help turn this season around, and fast. While it is fair to say that the defense also needs improvement, with players such as McQuaid, Morrow and Trotman needing to step up for this team.
There are many negatives, but a huge positive for this team is the all-star caliber play of David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron. Krejci has 17 points this season, while Bergeron has 14, both combining for 12 goals and 19 assists. Slowly starting to emerge as a bright spot for this team is Loui Eriksson, who also needed to step this season and score more goals. Zdeno Chara is another semi-bright spot, having 7 points and only one goal, he just needs to gain his fire and aggressiveness back to become a force in the NHL like he once was.
Looking ahead, Boston is playing five straight home games, starting on November 11th, against Colorado, Detroit, Minnesota, San Jose and Toronto. The toughest games here are Minnesota and San Jose, as they both are third in their respective divisions. Taking at least 3 regulation wins in this homestretch should help this team get back on track, hoping to improve a terrible 1-4-1 record at home.