Last Week: 4
Why They’re Here: It was a successful, if costly week for the Bruins. Boston hammered Buffalo on Tuesday but lost Loui Eriksson to a dirty hit; to date, the Bruins star has missed two games with a concussion, and head coach Claude Julien told The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa that there was no firm timeline for the player's return.
"You keep your fingers crossed that it’s going to get better sooner than later for his sake," he said.
The Bruins followed the win over Buffalo up the very next day with a game at home against a very good, very rested team from San Jose, but they managed to win thanks to a 38-save performance from Tuukka Rask. The week ended on a down note with a one-goal loss to New Jersey, but overall, the Bruins must be happy with their record and especially so given the circumstances.
By The Numbers: Milan Lucic scored seven goals last season; 10 games in, he already has six this season. The biggest reason is simply shooting percentage. Lucic is a low-volume, high-percentage shooter who last year shot at roughly half his career rate. Because he doesn't fire often, he ended up with lousy goal totals. This year, he's firing a little more, but the pucks are going in at twice his career rate.