The Boston Bruins are off to a blazing start with a 5-1 record and have really showcased their offense lately. However, most of the teams they’ve played so far are sub .500 clubs and now they’re slated to play the other powerhouses in the East. They face off tonight against the Lightning and then have a home and home with the Maple Leafs. Then they’ll wrap up with a Stanley Cup rematch and host the Blues. These next four games are sure to set the tone for where the Bruins stand early in the year.
Tonight they match up with thee Lightning and will be looking to prove that they belong on top of the East. The Lightning have stumbled out of the gate and sit at 3-2-1. Their offense is still as powerful as ever but their goaltending and defensive numbers have slipped in their early games. Rask will try to continue his strong start against a tough Tampa offense. The Bruins will be without David Krejci for tonight as he suffered a lower body injury in their last game. Coyle will step up on the second line for the time being.
Next they travel to Toronto to face the Leafs. It was recently announced that Leafs center John Tavares will be missing the next two weeks after suffering a broken finger. The Leafs have started the season 4-3-1 and look similar to their ways from last year. An all offensive team and they still have a suspect defensive core. Andersen has been steady in net but he really doesn’t get much help in his own zone. They’ll play in Toronto Saturday night and then fly to Boston for a another game Tuesday night.
Lastly they’ll play the Blues at home and wrap up a tough four game set. The Blues have had a slow start so far but they’re still the defending Cup Champions and they’ve returned most of the same roster from last season. With Tarasenko leading the way for them offensively and Pietrangelo managing the blueline for them they’ll always be good competition. The Bruins fell short last season and are certainly looking to avenge a Stanley Cup loss to these Blues.
On the year the Bruins offense has been solid although most of their scoring is coming from their first line again. Secondary scoring has been a recent issue for the Bruins as their second and third lines have struggled to find the twine. Now with Krejci out they are hoping Coyle can find the net with some new linemates. The third line has played and has generated scoring chances but they’ve been unlucky so far. Par Lindholm will be stepping in to center the third line after he’s been a scratch the past few games. With the strong tandem of Rask and Halak in net the Bruins look to showcase they’re the top team in the East
Tyler Smith (@TylerSmith4386)