The Bruins season continues to speed by. With such a condensed schedule it can be hard to keep up with everything going on. This article will look at games 9-16 or the second seventh of the season. If you missed my first seventh article you can find it here if you want to catch up on games 1-8. So before the next eight-game block is finished let’s jump in and take a look at games 9-16.
Bruins Second Seventh Review
Game 9 was a rematch against the Capitals who won 4-3 in OT last game after blowing a three-goal lead. Game 9 was almost the same except the Bruins roared back to win 5-3. This win started a 5 game winning streak including two more third-period comebacks. Those other four wins came two each against the Flyers and Rangers. Unfortunately, the Bruins continue to struggle against the Islanders and New Jersey dropping a game to each. That brings us to game 16 at Lake Tahoe which was a 7-3 win for the Bruins. The Bruins now sit at 11-3-2 with 24 points in 16 games.
If you would like to see the rest of the league standings just head over to the NHL site. As you can see the Bruins are currently in the first place. More importantly, they still have some games in hand over the teams right behind them. The Buffalo Sabres are the only team the Bruins have yet to play. The Bruins remain undefeated against the Flyers improving to 5-0. The team is also undefeated against the Rangers 2-0 and the Penguins 2-0. Against the Capitals, the Bruins are now 1-0-1 with a split of their two-game series. Finally, the Bruins have struggled against the Islanders and Devils. Against the Islanders, the Bruins are now 0-2 and against the Devils, they are 1-1-1.
Looking At The Roster
Top 5 Scorers
- Brad Marchand 9-11-20
- Patrice Bergeron 7-12-19
- David Pastrnak 9-5-14
- Charlie McAvoy 2-11-13
- Nick Ritchie 6-7-13
More To Give
Through the Bruin’s second seventh of the season, some Bruins players are still underperforming. The first player on this list is Charlie Coyle. Coyle has played in sixteen games but only scored five points. With his new Contract paying him 5.25 million starting this year more is expected of Coyle. Next is Trent Frederick who so far in sixteen games only has two points. He did score his first NHL goal against the Flyers so hopefully, the offense is coming. As a former first-round pick expectations are higher for Frederic than just 2 points in 16 games.
The final player on this list is Jake Debrusk. In eleven games Jake only has a goal and two assists for three points. Injuries and an inconsistent line have contributed to the lack of production. Debrusk has never been able to play the right side yet has spent a lot of time there this season. As a player who thinks he’s worth over five million a year, he should be able to produce from either side.
Just like with the more to give these players have been bright spots through the Bruins’s second seventh of the season. First up is Nick Ritchie who was on this list last time as well. With six goals and thirteen points in 16 games, Ritchie has been everything the Bruins hoped for and more. While he could contribute more 5 on 5 he provides a physical style this team needs and plenty of power-play points. Next up is Charlie McAvoy who in sixteen games has thirteen points as well. With Chara and Krug went McAvoy has stepped up and been a dominant force all over the ice.
He is currently on pace for 45 points a career-high in just 56 games. A probable Norris finalist at this point Charlie has been a huge bright spot. Finally, we come to the whole top line. Bergeron Marchand and Pasta are the top three scorers on the team. This line has dominated teams so far this season with all three players over a point per game. Even with offseason surgeries, this line looks ready to lead the Bruins on another long playoff run.
The tandem of Rask and Halak has been impressive through the Bruins’ second seventh of the season. Rask has led the way with a 7-2-1 record a 2.60 goals against and a .901 save percentage. Not the best numbers but when you play for a team allowing so few shots save percentage takes a hit. Halak has also played some incredible hockey going 4-1-1 with a 1.67 goals against and a .928 save percentage. Halak is showing once again he is one of the best backups in the league. His ability to keep Rask fresh come playoff time is a huge boost for the team. With these two goalies playing well the Bruins are in a great position to make the playoffs out of the division of death.
The Bruins have left their slow start in the dust and look like they could be contenders once again. The youth on the blue line has had its ups and downs but they will continue to grow and get better. The forward groups have been a mess with several injuries moving guys on all different lines. Despite this, the offense is still clicking and should be lethal once fully healthy. With injuries now starting to pile up, can the team keep up this pace? Only time will tell and I will be here to break it all down after the next eight games. Until then stay safe out there and LET’S GO BRUINS.
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