Are The Boston Bruins The Best Team In Hockey Right Now

Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 15: Bruins celebrate Charlie McAvoy's tying goal during second period action at TD Garden February 15, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Chris Christo/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

 

Today I’ll be talking about the Boston Bruins this season and why I think they’re the best team in the NHL right now.

The Background

The Boston Bruins are {44-14-12} with 100 points this season, but right now, the NHL season is canceled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

First, let’s take a look at the Boston Bruins Roster, which I put down below.

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
37 Canada Patrice Bergeron (A) C R 34 2003 L’Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec
10 United States Anders Bjork LW L 23 2014 Mequon, Wisconsin
81 Sweden Anton Blidh LW L 24 2013 Mölnlycke, Sweden
25 United States Brandon Carlo Injured Reserve D R 23 2015 Colorado Springs, Colorado
33 Slovakia Zdeno Chara (C) D L 42 2006 Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
75 United States Connor Clifton D R 24 2018 Long Branch, New Jersey
13 United States Charlie Coyle C R 28 2019 Weymouth, Massachusetts
74 Canada Jake DeBrusk LW L 23 2015 Edmonton, Alberta
48 United States Matt Grzelcyk D L 26 2012 Charlestown, Massachusetts
41 Slovakia Jaroslav Halak G L 34 2018 Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
28 Czech Republic Ondrej Kase RW R 24 2020 Kadaň, Czech Republic
46 Czech Republic David Krejci (A) C R 33 2004 Šternberk, Czechoslovakia
47 United States Torey Krug D L 28 2012 Livonia, Michigan
79 Canada Jeremy Lauzon D L 22 2015 Val-d’Or, Quebec
26 Sweden Par Lindholm C L 28 2019 Kusmark, Sweden
63 Canada Brad Marchand (A) LW L 31 2006 Halifax, Nova Scotia
73 United States Charlie McAvoy D R 22 2016 Long Beach, New York
86 United States Kevan Miller Injured Reserve D R 32 2011 Santa Clarita, California
27 United States John Moore D L 29 2018 Chicago, Illinois
20 Sweden Joakim Nordstrom C L 28 2018 Stockholm, Sweden
88 Czech Republic David Pastrnak RW R 23 2014 Havířov, Czech Republic
40 Finland Tuukka Rask G L 33 2006 Savonlinna, Finland
21 Canada Nick Ritchie LW L 24 2020 Orangeville, Ontario
14 United States Chris Wagner RW R 28 2018 Walpole, Ma

 

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The Recap Of The Season

Forwards & Goal Scoring

The Bruins are lead by David Pastrnak, who has 95 Points [48 Goals & 47 Assists]. Pastrnak also has 40 penalty minutes and a +21 Plus-Minus Ratio.

They are also led by Patrice Bergeron, a 1st Line Center; he has won the Frank J. Selke Trophy award four times. That honor is awarded annually to the NHL forward with the best defensive skills. He also has 56 Points { 31 Goals & 25 Assists]. Bergeron also has 28 penalty minutes this season and also has a +23 plus-minus ratio.

Defense

The defense is led by Captain Zdeno Chara, at 6’9 and he weighs 250 pounds. The defenceman came to Boston on July 1st, 2006, Chara, has 14 Points {5 Goals & 9 Assists]. This season

they also have Torey Krug, who is 5’9 And 185 Pounds. This season he had 49 Points {9 Goals & 40 Assists]. He also has 33 penalty minutes and also has a -4 Ratio.

Goaltending

Tuukka Rask is 26-8-6 this season. He has a 2.12 goal against average, and he also has five shutouts with a .929 save percentage.l He also won the 2013-2014 season’s Vezina Award for the best goaltender.

Coaching

The Bruins are coached by Bruce Cassidy. He is in his 3rd season but in his 2nd full season. Last year Bruce Cassidy led the Bruins to a 49-24-9 record, but the Bruins lost to the St Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Finals. He has also coached the Washington Capitals, where he made the playoffs once but lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the conference quarterfinals in six games.

My Thoughts

I think the Boston Bruins would have had a great run in the playoffs had the season not ended abruptly, but there are other great teams who can give Boston a solid match up like Tampa Bay or Winnipeg. These are match-ups I would love to have seen if we had the playoffs.

 

 

 

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