The Boston Bruins will round out the first half of their 2013-14 regular season with Thursday night’s home bout against the Nashville Predators. With essentially one more ice chip left to drop in the first-half sample, now is a reasonable time to reassess the state of the club on five basic fronts.
Entering Thursday’s NHL action, the Bruins are seventh overall with 2.90 goals per game. Although they have slipped from their regal position on the defensive leaderboard, ceding that spot to Los Angeles, they are still a distant second from the rest of the competition with 2.10 goals-against per night.
In a key individual GAA column, goaltender Tuukka Rask is still south of an even two setbacks per start, though just barely. He boasts a 1.99 average through 32 games played.
A startling stat worth investigating in more depth is Boston’s 22 percent success rate on the power play, which presently ties it with Toronto for fifth in the league. Adding to the incomprehensibility of that ranking is the fact that the Bruins are slightly lower in terms of penalty killing. Their 84.8 percent efficiency when shorthanded is only good for sixth place.
The next five slides will explore the context of the numbers in all of these departments.
Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics for this report were found via NHL.com and are through games of Wednesday, January 1.