Re: 10 - 4 - 1
posted at 1/26/2011 2:55 PM EST
In Response to 10 - 4 - 1
[QUOTE]I posted this on another older thread, but thought that it might surprise a few of the doubters on this board. The Bruins are a combined 10-4-1 against the teams either tied with them in the conference or with more points then them. This includes Flyers 2-0-1, Penguins 2-1-0, Rangers1-1-0, Lightning 2-1-0, Capitals 3-1-0! The Bruins have faltered against the so-called weakest division (Northeast) in the NHL, where they are only 6-5-3 and against the West where they are only 2-4-2. I am not here to say the Bruins are a lock to win Lord Stanley, only to point out that the Bruins have a great record against the teams that many consider the favorites to do so. So for all that think the Bruins can't compete with the "best" teams in the NHL, think again!
Posted by MeanE[/QUOTE]
The Bruins can compete with anyone in the regular season. They've proven that hands down, however lets face it the playoffs are another story especially the last several playoff runs.
The Bruins play not to lose and they have enough scoring, defensive talent and goal tending to play very well in both the regular season and the playoffs using that style.
However the team lacks speed, they are not overly physical, their coach has shown virtually no willingness to make in game or game to game adjustments in the playoffs regardless of score or where the series is at and most of the team has shown during these recent playoff runs a complete lack of heart.
And lets not mention that the Bruins got less than stellar goaltending by Rask against the Flyers last year and that had Thomas even played close to Ward's level of play against Carolina two years ago that series wouldn't have even come close to going 7 games.
Those are the facts as they are, not how I want them to be. Until all of these things change (and we won't know till the playoffs this year) the Bruins will remain what they are - A good regular season team that can't seem to find a way as a Team (coaching included) to advance deep into the playoffs.
Oh P.S. if the power play keeps stinking up the joint they won't make it out of the first round. It's time to get at least one more defenseman that can skate the puck into the zone, make a play or at least be able to control the point.
Chara has a great shot but is horrible at handling the puck. Bergeon and Recci shouldn't be playing the point. Ferrence, Seidenberg, Boychcuk would all be hard pressed to find any time on most other NHL team's power plays. This is a HUGE issue that will bite them hard if not rectified prior to the playoffs.