The Bruins are beginning to look like a quality NHL team. This is the team we thought we would see at the beginning of the year but a slew of injuries saw the Bruins force young guys into bigger roles. The Bruins are playing like a team that knows they had a rough start and are trying to gain ground to get back into the playoff picture. They sit at 12-9-4 on the year and are just outside the last wildcard spot. In their last 10 they are 6-4-0. The Bruins also have games in hand on all of the teams ahead of them.
As the season has moved on the Bruins have received a resurgence from returning veterans and also from their young players. The Bruins young forwards are learning how to play in the NHL, which takes time and now most of them are flourishing. McAvoy was never a question mark after his play in last year’s playoffs. But players like Heinen, DeBrusk, Bjork and Grzelyck were about to play their first chunk of NHL games. They have all had their ups and downs but they are beginning to play consistently and are adding to the Bruins in the right ways. These young guns have given the Bruins depth and players like DeBrusk and Heinen showcasing offensive talent have given the Bruins three effective lines for the first time in almost four years. Bjork’s return should also provide a stable second line winger for Krejci.
Goaltending looked worrisome at the start of the season but Rask has begun to find his form and had two good starts against The Lightning and The Flyers. Hopefully this is a turning point for him and he can return to being the number one goalie. Khudobin suffered his first regular season loss to the Predators on Monday. Khudobin allowed four goals on 14 shots but the Bruins played awful in front of him and most of those goals were not his fault. The Bruins now have two quality goaltenders which is another thing they haven’t had in a few years, now Rask won’t have to play 70 games a season.
The Bruins are turning into the team they are supposed to be and they will continue to compete for a postseason spot as long as they are playing the way they have the past two weeks.
The Bruins return to action on Thursday night at home against the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes are a low level team and the Bruins need to take advantage of that and take the two points.
Written By: Tyler Smith