Yes. I’m just going to come right out and say it without dissecting anything, the answer is yes. The amount of talent on this Bruins team, young and old, should make them one of the top teams in the league, but of course it doesn’t work like that.
When I say “worst” I don’t mean they suck, even though they have their moments, they’re just wildly inconsistent. They lose to teams they have no business losing to, such as the New Jersey Devils the other night. That wasn’t just a loss, that was a shutout. An embarrassment if you want my honest opinion. On the other hand, they beat teams you wouldn’t expect them to, like the Habs in Montreal no less. On top of that, they are number one in the league in the “shots on goal” column. They’ve recorded so many that they sit 101 shots ahead of the LA Kings who own second place. Before tonight’s matchup against Florida, the Bruins have shot 393 times in 5-on-5 play. They average 33.6 shots per game, which is second below the Pittsburgh Penguins, but are all the way down at #22 in the “goals for” column. 96 goals this season on almost 400 attempts. While that number is shocking, take into consideration who is actually taking those shots… David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, Ryan Spooner, David Krejci, shall I go on? All of these guys are known goal scorers, one of them even is a top 10 goal scorer this season.
Not only can they not find the back of the net, but the guy on the other end who’s supposed to prevent the other team from doing so, kind of can’t do that. I’ve gone on record stating that I’m a Tuukka hater time and time again, but also have given him praise when necessary. Although every goal is not the goalie’s fault, he’s still to blame. I rarely miss a game, whether in person or on TV, so I know more or less the style of Rask’s play. He’s the type of goalie who can stand on his head one night, making saves you never thought were imaginable, to letting up softies the next night without hesitation. I want to like him, I really do, because I don’t want to be that fan that hates the goalie. The goalie is more or less the quarterback. This is like me being a Patriots fan but hating Tom Brady. We all know that would never happen, because come on you guys know me well enough, but it’s the same thing. In terms of the backup goalie, I’m not going to even get into how much of a bust Anton Khudobin is, because the Bruins put him on waivers and assigned him to Providence. That’s not even worth my time.
Shockingly enough, the B’s are in a 3-way tie in the Atlantic Division, owning 44 points along with Toronto and Ottawa. I don’t really believe this either all things considered, but here it is…
In the wild card picture, they’re on the outside looking in (by 1 point) thanks to how dominant the Metro Division is. If the regular season ended today, we’d be experiencing a third season in a row without Boston Bruins playoffs. Unfortunately, I could see it happening come April, despite the amount of times I’ve said “they’ll be fine,” or, “this is a playoff team.” The only way to overcome denial is to accept it, right? I love this team, have my whole life, but sometimes love breaks your heart. Again, and again, and again.
PS. There is some light at the end of the tunnel, and his name is Charlie McAvoy. Based on how he played in the World Juniors Cup, the B’s would be stupid to wait any longer to call him up. However, this is the Boston Bruins we’re talking about… I could write a whole blog about the idiotic things they’ve done over the past 5 or so years.