State of the Boston Bruins
The Boston Bruins have been a league powerhouse for years, pushing around the Sabres, Maple Leafs, and Senators like a bully. The Bruins firepower though, is struggling to dominate, as they are in the midst of a 6 game losing streak, 2 of those being overtime losses.
The Bruins are overworking Tuukka Rask, arguably one of the best goalies in the NHL, and need to remedy this free fall as quickly as possible. Tuukka needs more rest as he has started 49 out of a possible 58 games. Malcolm Subban, current NHL defenseman P.K. Subban’s brother, received his first career NHL start on Friday against the St. Louis Blues. It was not one to remember as he allowed 3 goals on 6 shots, getting pulled halfway through the 2nd period. Many think the Bruins are auditioning Subban for a deadline deal, but the Bruins need to focus on correcting their current woes before trying to showcase a future starting goalie for a deal.
The Bruins offensive woes are at a critical point as well, currently they rank 23rd with 151 goals for. Combining the goal struggles with offensive ineptness, will help put your team near the bottom of the league. The Bruins need an offensive spark, whether that means dealing away a top 6 forward to open some eyes, or bring in a chirpy bruiser like Chris Stewart, something needs to happen.
Boston is in trouble if they decide to sit back and stay with the current roster as teams fighting for the Wildcard spots will make moves to bolster their roster. Boston will need to bring in fresh legs to help spark a run to secure a playoff spot.
The Bruins currently hold the last wild card spot, with 65 points, and that can change on Saturday with a Florida win. Florida is a team on the rise and shouldn’t be written off just yet.
Bruins fans know that this will correct itself, and once the Regular season comes to a close, Boston will be playing in the playoffs. This year, it’s not so certain. The Bruins have 24 games remaining to correct this slide, and lock up a playoff spot. Ultimately, I just can’t see this team missing the playoffs. The Bruins always show up in the big games, and will correct this slide before it before it turns into a nose dive to the bottom.