Boston, MA - After a flurry of unconventional games, the Boston Bruins now find themselves in fifth place in the Atlantic Division with an 11-6-3 record, despite coming as close as second place by one point to the dominant Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bruins are not the only division shuffling in the Atlantic, however, because the Lightning have fallen to second behind the Toronto Maple Leafs, but again, only by one point. The Buffalo Sabres and the Montreal Canadiens have also taken over the Bruins' spot in the division, but the Bruins have not been obliterated by any means. They're still very much in it!
The Bruins saw their skid begin in Colorado against the Avalanche where the Bruins lost 6-3 after Jaroslav Halak faltered for six goals allowed and only nineteen saves. Despite this, Tuukka Rask still never entered the game, giving more weight to the idea that there has been a changing of the guard (or goalie, if you will). Rask did perform well in a 1-0 loss to the Dallas Stars after the Colorado game, giving up just one goal in overtime, but it was still Halak who was in the net for the entirety of Boston's strong 2-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes most recently.
Offensively, the Bruins' strong suits continue to strengthen as the roster is perpetually very top heavy. Jake DeBrusk and David Pastrnak were responsible for the team's three goals in Colorado as they have proven themselves to be some of the best in black and gold this season. After the shutout, DeBrusk scored another goal and Jakob Karlsson netted the other.
Regardless of these players emerging to the forefront in Boston, the major problem with the team is the slew of injuries. Zdeno Chara will be sidelined for the next four weeks with an MCL injury and four Bruins defensemen, including stars Charlie McAvoy and Kevan Miller, are all injured for the time being. And now, Patrice Bergeron, the Bruins' top position player who has scored twenty-six points already this season, will also miss four weeks with a rib injury sustained against Dallas. One of the league's top lines will suffer without Bergeron, but when considering all these injuries, fifth place might be a gift for the Bruins.
The Bruins will look to improve to 12-6-3 tonight against the Detroit Red Wings.