Boston, MA - If playoff hopes and championship aspirations were decided by the pre-season, then the Boston Bruins would be runaway favorites to win the Stanley Cup. Unfortunately, the pre-season records are wiped clean once the actual NHL regular season begins, but for now, fans have a lot to look forward to when the real games - the games that count - begin.
Currently, the Bruins are on a three day break for the pre-season, which is well deserved, considering the Bruins were forced to play (and win) two different games on two different hemispheres in the span of twenty-four hours. In addition to the immense amount of travel, Boston also played four games in just five days. It doesn't seem to have slowed them down, though, as they clock in at an undefeated 4-0 halfway through the pre-season.
As detailed previously, the first game resulted in a 4-3 shootout victory against the Calgary Flames in China. Then, Boston returned to their home city to play the Washington Capitals and defeat them 2-1 in yet another shootout. Another game against Washington resulted in a 5-2 victory and then the Bruins returned home to once again face Calgary, where they proved victorious with a 3-1 score.
The Bruins are not the only undefeated team in the NHL's pre-season, but they have way more points in the standings than any other team, as they have doubled the nearest foes, including the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Vegas Golden Knights, 8-4. Their immense success has come on the heels of some stellar performances from players expected to dominate the Garden this winter, Ryan Donato and Jake DeBrusk. Donato has played with intensity en route to racking up one goal and two assists while DeBrusk has notched three goals himself. This is especially impressive considering the reduced playing time for the Bruins' stars since many younger, less proven players are racking up time on the rink to attempt to make the cut, like Zach Senyshyn, who scored twice against Washington.
The Bruins look to continue their perfect record on Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings. Two games with them and two with the Philadelphia Flyers will lead into a regular season puck drop on October 3 versus Washington.