As a team, the Boston Bruins have spent the first two months of the 2011-12 season dishing out a few savory surprises and a few unexpected disappointments.
The latter was comprised chiefly―check that, entirely―of an October slate that culminated in a 3-7-0 start, good for last in the conference. Much of the former has come more recently in the form of a subsequent 12-game unbeaten run for all of this month.
This night-and-day log this squad has penned through the first quarter of their schedule has, in part, been a product of some underachieving individuals jutting out above their impressive teammates and vice versa. For nearly the full length of their first 22 outings, a couple of Bruins have repeatedly slumped while a few have continuously exceeded expectations.
Two of the former and four of the latter are highlighted as follows in alphabetical order.