Re: Farmville updates Part II
posted at 11/26/2013 8:53 PM EST
By Mark Divver
As they prepare to hit the one-quarter mark of the season, the Providence Bruins are treading water. They let a two-goal lead slip away before rallying for a shootout win on Friday, then lost on both Saturday and Sunday. My take on the good, the bad and the ugly from the eighth weekend of the season:
*** After a frustrating first 13 games, Anthony Camara got on the board with his first goal as a pro on Sunday.
*** With nine players in double figures in points, Providence has excellent scoring balance. Only Grand Rapids, Abbotsford and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton - all of whom lead their division - have more players with 10 or more points.
*** Defensemen Zach Trotman (hand/wrist) and Joe Morrow (elbow) both returned to the lineup over the weekend.
*** Doing a lot of the little things right, big winger Justin Florek is quietly putting together a solid second season.
*** Attendance continues to be strong. Providence is averaging 7,322 per game, second in the league to perennial leader Hershey (8,908).
*** Matt Lindblad made a defensive mistake that led to a Bridgeport goal on Friday. Instead of hanging his head, he bounced back to score the tying goal with 5:28 left.
*** Providence has given up 63 goals. Only Rockford (73) has yielded more.
*** While team defense needs to be better, so does the goaltending. Malcolm Subban's 2.76 goals-against average is 31st in the league; Nik Svedberg's 3.28 is 39th.
*** The P-Bruins dropped to ninth place in the Eastern Conference, one point out of playoff position.
*** A tough three-game trip to Norfolk for two games and Hershey for one awaits next weekend.
*** The P-Bruins gave up 4 power play goals on 16 shorthanded situations over the weekend as the penalty kill remains the worst in the league. The root of the PK problem, says coach Bruce Cassidy, is that Providence loses too many faceoffs and doesn't block enough shots."
As far as points, though, I wonder how many minutes Camara is getting ?