This Bruins team is nowhere near the team they were last season, and not just because their only 30 goal scorer is gone, but more. Many people compare Chicago to Boston this year, except that Chicago has 3 franchise forwards in Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, guy who can put the puck in the back of the net.
The Bruins issue is that there too deep up the middle with Savard, Krejci and Bergeron and NO ONE can score. Blake Wheeler has been turning it around as of late, but no can really score. Ryder has been awful this year, Sturm has been good but not great. Recchi has been as expected, a chipper and Thornton, Bitz, Begin, Sobotka, and Paille aren’t really goal scorers. Satan is a good addition as he can actually score a little, as witnessed tonight, but this team has no one who can score.
The defense has been bad as well offensively, with Chara and Wideman doing nothing, Hunwick has regressed this year. There has way too much dump and run, and in this league, goals are scored on transition and skill players.
This team has also been plagued with injuries, with Ference, Stuart, Bergeron, Lucic and now Savard being hurt. If this team wants to make any sort of run, and if Savard is out for a while, they need to make a move. This team will continue to falter until they get a consistent goal scorer.
Take a team like San Jose. They have been the most aggressive and proactive team when it comes to making moves. They acquired Joe Thornton, Dan Boyle and Dany Heatley as core players. They also acquired Bill Guerin and Brian Campbell as deadline moves. Sure they have choked in the playoffs, but look at their regular seasons over the past few years.
I won’t say the Bruins have no shot at the cup, as anything can happen and Pittsburgh won after we thought they could miss the playoffs, but they also had Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.