Updated Standings

November 29, 2009
  GP W L OTL PTS GF GA
1. Washington 26 15 5 6 36 91 76
2. Pittsburgh 27 18 9 0 36 87 75
3. Boston 26 13 8 5 31 64 64
4. New Jersey 24 17 6 1 35 69 51
5. Buffalo 23 14 7 2 30 63 55
6. Ottawa 24 13 7 4 30 72 70
7. Atlanta 23 13 7 3 29 80 65
8. Tampa Bay 24 10 6 8 28 67 72
  GP W L OTL PTS GF GA
1. Washington 26 15 5 6 36 91 76
2. Pittsburgh 27 18 9 0 36 87 75
3. Boston 26 13 8 5 31 64 64
4. New Jersey 24 17 6 1 35 69 51
5. Buffalo 23 14 7 2 30 63 55
6. Ottawa 24 13 7 4 30 72 70
7. Atlanta 23 13 7 3 29 80 65
8. Tampa Bay 24 10 6 8 28 67 72

Bruins Rankings Goals Scored: 24th

 Goals Allowed: tied 6th lowest

Penalty Kill: 2nd

Powerplay: 26th

Here is an updated playoff standings list for the Eastern Conference. The Bruins obvious struggles have come in the goal scoring department this season. However, their strength is now their penalty kill where they rank second in the league.  With Savard back the powerplay is actually starting to produce, which is the reason the Bruins won last night’s game.  Although the Bruins may not be clicking on all cylinders, the way their starting to win these games has to be encouraging.  Yeah, they’re not always pretty but sound defense and goaltending is the way the Bruins plan on playing this season, until the trade deadline at least. If they can stick to that plan and then add a legit first or second line winger they have a chance to go deep in the playoffs.

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Lucic to miss 4 weeks

November 27, 2009

In a press conference held today, GM Peter Chiarelli announced that Milan Lucic could miss up to four weeks with a high ankle sprain.

Yet another injury to the Bruins, as this is Lucic’s second time getting bit by the injury bug. Expect Vladimir Sobotka to be inserted into the lineup in Lucic’s absence.


Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving to all.


Thomas has broken hand

November 25, 2009

According to TSN, Tim Thomas, who has been battling a “minor” injury, actually has a broken hand. The Bruins are saying the injury is not considered serious and his status is day-to-day.


Practice lines from today

November 22, 2009

Sturm-Savard-Bitz

Wheeler-Krejci-Ryder

Lucic-Bergeron-Recchi

Paille-Begin/Sobotka-Thornton

PP1: Ryder-Savard-Sturm-Chara-Morris

PP2: Wheeler-Krejci-Recchi-Bergeron-Wideman

These were the lines from this morning’s practice. Marc Savard continues to skate and is expected to play Monday night. While I feel Byron Bitz has played some of his best hockey in the past few games, I do not agree with him being a first line winger.  Right now the Bruins do not have many other options.  Maybe putting Marco Sturm on a line with Savard will get him going and hopefully contributing on a more consistent basis.  As it stands now, it also looks like Sobotka will be the odd man out once again.

Now to the powerplay. Bergeron on the point really is always a risky move.  I like the traditional two defensemen playing the points because of the threat of a shorthanded break against a forward. Matt Hunwick has started to preform like he had last season so I would have liked to see Hunwick kept at the point with Bergeron still up front.


Lineup when fully healthy

November 21, 2009

With the recent return of Milan Lucic and Marc Savard expected back Monday night, it will be interesting to see what Claude Julien’s lineup will look like. Will Wheeler be moved from the left side and moved up to the top line with Savard? I’m not sure that would be a smart decision, based on how well Wheeler-Krejci-Ryder have been playing together. It is also very apparent Wheeler plays his best hockey on the left wing.  Assuming that line stays intact that leaves Recchi, Lucic, and Sturm as potential forwards to skate on the top line.  As we have seen, Sturm on the right wing just hasn’t worked, which means Recchi will most likely be the top line right wing.  That now either leaves Lucic or Sturm to play the left side with Savard and the other to play on the third with Bergeron.  Now where does that leave Daniel Paille, Byron Bitz, Vladimir Sobotka and Shawn Thornton? Since Paille can only play the left side, he may now be moved to the fourth line and Sobotka’s inconsistent play may push him to the bench. So, going by Claude Julien’s thinking this is how the lineup will look:

Lucic-Savard-Recchi

Wheeler-Krejci-Ryder

Sturm-Bergeron-Bitz

Paille-Begin-Thornton

Now my question is why not give Bergeron a look on Savard’s wing? Recchi obviously isn’t a first line winger and Bergeron has been the Bruins best forward all season long. I know most of you will say, Bergeron has the best faceoff percentage on the team. Well Bergeron often takes faceoffs for other lines then gets off the ice anyway so nothing would change there. Looking back over the past five games, Sobotka, the current third line center, has averaged only 5.8 faceoffs taken per game.  6 faceoffs per game really will not make much of a difference and now with Savard back the Bruins could even throw him out there for the faceoffs then take him off just like they do with Bergeron.  Here is a look at what the lineup could look like

Lucic-Savard-Bergeron

Wheeler-Krejci-Ryder

Sturm-Sobotka-Recchi

Paille-Begin-Thornton

I know it is wishful thinking and will never happen but it might be worth a shot. I really have no confidence in Recchi playing on a top line and really do not think Julien should break up Krejci’s line, which has looked great lately. The top line could also be used to match up against opponents top lines.  Hey if Recchi and Axelsson can get looks on the first line, why not Bergeron?


Friday roundup

November 20, 2009

The Bruins have assigned Brad Marchand to Providence and placed Trent Whitfield on waivers. If Whitfield is claimed before tomorrow’s noon deadline, the Bruins will be on the hook for $3,375. If Whitfield clears waivers he will be assigned to Providence. 

Tuukka Rask will start tonight while Tim Thomas is still battling a minor injury.