Welcome to the third edition of Grinding Gears. Last week Angry Bruins Fan, Greg, went on a rant about the Bruins lack luster play. Apparently they listened to him because they've been on fire. This week, Greg talks about the Bruins powerplay and thinks that if you think Thomas sucks, you should go drink bleach.
Please note: This was written before the Bruins away game at Carolina. If something should happen in Carolina that proves my points to be invalid, suck it.
You know what is really pissing me off this past week with the Bruins? Surprisingly...nothing. Since the debacle in Montreal, the Bruins have been playing some sound hockey. The team is 4-1 since blowing a 2-0 lead at the Bell Center and although not all of the pieces have been polished (see: defense), the machine is running very well.
It is obvious that there are a few things that need to be addressed but I wouldn't necessarily say I'm pissed off about them. The first is the power play. It's painfully obvious that the Bruins power play is deficient in most areas. There seems to be little cohesion when the team is on the man advantage. Sometimes they'll get it and score but most of the time the penalty is killed by the opponent and life goes on. It's frustrating that the power play is so bad given the amount of talent on this team.
For the season the Bruins are 17.6% successful on the power play. That leaves them at 19th in the NHL, which is rather consistent if you look at where they were at the end of last year (16/6% success, good for 23rd overall). During this five game stretch were Boston posted a 4-1 record, they went 5 for 23 on the power play (21.7% on the power play) which is above their season average, but still not great. Game by game they look like this:
After the jump.... Greg breaks down recent powerplay struggles and discusses how the B's need to tighten their defense......