Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Last Week: 13
Why They’re Here: The Bruins kicked off five games at home in fine fashion. After losing to Dallas in a shootout Tuesday, Boston beat the Lightning and Maple Leafs handily. The team's 10-5-1 record on the season presently has it outside playoff home ice in the East, but the plus-15 goal differential is one of the best totals in the league and suggests the Bruins haven't reached their peak position in the standings just yet.
By The Numbers: Reason number 2,163 not to blindly trust plus/minus: with a minus-one rating, Zdeno Chara is the only regular Bruins rearguard in the red.
The reason has nothing to do with Chara's play—Boston actually outshoots the opposition by a ridiculous rate with Chara on the ice—but rather with the percentages. While every other Boston defenceman has a combined on-ice shooting and save-percentage number well north of 100 percent (Dennis Seidenberg, for example, is at 110.2 percent), Chara is sitting at 97.9.
Those numbers bounce around but eventually regress to the mean (somewhere near 100, depending on the player involved and the minutes he's playing), at which point Chara's plus/minus will dramatically improve.