A Blog by Iron Horse
The Bruins have taken a massive fall from grace, where a little less than a month ago we were talking about how they were a first place in their division. To now we are talking about if we are even going to make the playoffs, it’s a terrifying thought. This is the time of the year where people from a fans perspective are looking for anyone and anything to blame.
I look to the team and see an issue with leadership. And I’m not talking about Zdeno Chara or Patrice Bergeron in particular. But whenever I watch the Behind the Bruins programs there is no one getting in guys faces calling them to get on their game. I have insight into the world of professional sports and every major championship, or at least playoff team has “this guy”. The Bruins main issues other than lack of verbal leadership are on the ice. The turnovers in our zone, inability to get the puck into the offensive zone cleanly, and our steady declining power play.
The Bruins have produced the 5th most goals in the NHL but those are almost a distant site in the rearview mirror at this point. The Bruins are 2-7-0 in their last 9 games and in that stretch the 2 games they’ve won, they’ve scored 3 goals. All the other games have been 2 goal or less affairs from the Bruins equating to 7 losses. During this stretch the Bruins are 4/22 on the power play, and in the games they score a power play goal in they are 2-1 (2 PP Goals against Toronto).
Tomorrow the Bruins travel to St. Louis to play the RED HOT St. Louis Blues who until last night had a 4 game shutout streak between stone wall goaltenders Brian Elliot and Jake Allen. In 5 games they’ve allowed 1 goal now and are tied with Dallas for the lead in the Western Conference. The Detroit Red Wings sit behind the Boston Bruins for the 3rd and final spot in the Atlantic Division, with tomorrow being a big game for the Bruins Detroit also plays a wicked hot western conference team in the Minnesota Wild. Should the Bruins lose in regulation and the Red Wings win they will leap frog the Bruins right out of a playoff spot. (As both wild card spots belong to teams in the Metropolitan division Flyers with 89 Points and the Islanders with 93). Bruins have 88 points and the Red Wings have 87 with 5 games left for each team it’s the Bruins season to lose.
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