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Old 03-23-2020, 07:34 AM   #1
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I Love That Dirty Water - Boston Bruins (NHL 20)

Hey guys - with all that's happening right now I have some free time on my hands. Had a lot of fun with my Red Sox franchise last year on MLB The Show - going to give NHL 20 a try with my Bruins.

I approached this season as if this past season ended up being cancelled, and began the franchise with the expansion draft for the new Seattle Seals. They'll be in the Pacific Division, and I moved Arizona to the Central.

Will give a little recap of the off-season, then a season preview, and then I'll get into it! My plan is to give an update covering every two weeks of the season with a focus on one main game during that stretch.

Hope you enjoy!
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Bruins Beat: Offseason Recap

Seattle Seals Expansion Draft
Expansion! For the second time in the past four years, the Bruins were forced to expose several key players to the expansion draft. Back in 2017, they lost defenseman Colin Miller to the Vegas Golden Knights (now a member of the Buffalo Sabres). Who would the Bruins lose this time?



After much deliberation, Don Sweeney and the rest of the Bruins staff submitted their list to the league office and Ron Francis, the GM of the new Seattle Seals. The Bruins were forced to protect Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and Zdeno Chara due to their respective no movement clauses.

The next three choices were obvious - sniper David Pastrnak, who is one of the best players in the league, young blueliner Charlie McAvoy, and goaltender Tuukka Rask.

This left the Bruins with a tough decision - protect only one other defenseman and four forwards, or go with two defenseman but only one forward. Ultimately, Sweeney elected for the latter - protecting defensemen Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo, and forward Charlie Coyle.

Ultimately, the Bruins were convinced they would be able to resign Torey Krug and had zero plans on letting Brandon Carlo leave. This left them with only one forward available to be protected, and they went with Coyle, citing his youth and contract as reasons for choosing the Weymouth native over veteran David Krejci and youngster Jake DeBrusk.

As a result, the Bruins will be without one of their longest-tenured players moving forward, as the Seals ended up taking Krejci.



It's a big loss for the Bs, as Krejci has been one of the staples of this time for the past decade, and was an essential member of the 2011 Stanley Cup winning team. At 33 years old, however, and with the most expensive contract on the team, it does free up the Bruins to get a little younger and add some depth to their secondary scoring, an issue that has plagued this team for the past few seasons.

Trades, Signings, and Re-signings
The Bruins made several other moves this offseason as they look to win their first Stanley Cup since 2011 and avenge a crushing loss to the St. Louis Blues two years ago, and pick up where they left off after this past season's cancellation.



First, they were able to move defenseman John Moore and his contract to the Florida Panthers for a pair of future third-round picks. A savvy move that allows Sweeney to stockpile picks for a future trade and free up some cap room without sacrificing too much depth.

The Bruins were also able to resign Torey Krug to a five year contract worth just over 7 million - ultimately using the money they saved on Krejci's contract to pay him. With Krug at the backend, the Bruins have had one of the most potent powerplays in the league, and the team was able to lock him in at a relatively team friendly deal.

Jaroslav Halak also returns after testing the free agency market, and the Bruins were also able to lock up RFA's Matt Grzelcyk and Jake DeBrusk to multiple year extensions.



Lastly, after rumours and speculation for the past two years, Tyler Toffoli is finally a member of the black and gold. The Bruins were able to lock in the former LA King for a modest two-year deal. Toffoli will likely slot in beside Charlie Coyle on the new look second line.
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Bruins Beat: Season Preview


Forwards
Although it feels like the Bruins made several big moves this offseason, there really is only one change to their forwards from where they ended last year - Tyler Toffoli is in and David Krejci is out. It was a tough decision for Don Sweeney and the Bruins brass to leave Krejci unprotected, and as a result he'll be playing this season for the Seattle Seals.

Many within the Bruins organization feel confident that Charlie Coyle is ready to become a top six forward, and he'll have the chance as he will anchor the second line with the aforementioned Toffoli and Jake DeBrusk as his linemates. The Bruins gave DeBrusk a modest extension as they wonder if this will be the year the young forward finally puts it all together and develops more consistency to his game. Without Krejci in the middle, they are going to need it.

Of course, moving Coyle to the second line has repercussions for the third line, and the team will initially begin with Sean Kuraly as the third line center. They tried this a few years ago and it failed miserably (one of the main reasons why the team acquired Coyle in the first place), but Kuraly is a few years older now and head coach Bruce Cassidy feels comfortable with him in this role - for now. He will be joined by Anders Bjork who, finally healthy, put together a solid season last year with the big club, and Ondrej Kase, last season's deadline acquisition.

That leaves the first and the fourth lines. There isn't much to say about the first line that hasn't already been said. The Perfection line, as some around these parts call it, is arguably the best line in hockey and feature the best goal scorer in the league in David Pastrnak. Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand aren't getting any younger, however, so while the window isn't quite closing, there are only so many years left that the team will receive elite play from both. The fourth line will be anchored by Par Lindholm with Chris Wagner and Nick Ritchie on the wings - it could be an area needing an upgrade at some point in the season, especially if Kuraly is unable to cut it as the team's third line center.


Defense
The team returns the same starting six defenseman that they ended last season with, although the depth looks a bit different after several offseason moves. The top pair will once again be Zdeno Chara, who returned on another one-year deal, and Charlie McAvoy, who is starting to make his name known around the league as a true number one defenseman.

One of the biggest moves the team made in the offseason was resigning Torey Krug to a five-year contract. Krug has been an excellent second pair defenseman alongside Brandon Carlo and will continue to quarterback the powerplay. The Bruins also made a commitment to Carlo by protecting him, choosing to protect four defenseman rather than seven forwards.

The third pair will be Matt Grzelcyk and Jeremy Lauzon, at least to start the year. Some around the league pondered the Seals' decision to choose Krejci over Grzelcyk, who is viewed as an up and coming defenseman with high offensive upside. Lauzon played extremely well in his debut year last season, although he will likely be rotated in and out of the lineup with Connor Clifton.

Both John Moore and Kevan Miller were traded or release in the offseason, leaving Clifton as the 7th defenseman. Don't be surprised if youngster Urho Vaakanainen gets some looks at some point as well. The Finnish prospect was the subject of many trade talks this past offseason, but the Bruins had zero interest in moving him.


Goalies
Both Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak return for the third straight season, and will likely receive an equal share of the duties with the team leaning on Rask a little more later in the year. Halak actually returned on a two-year deal, meaning it'll be the same setup next year. By then Rask will be 34 and Halak will be 36, however - as such, it's time for the Bs to start looking for their goaltender of the future sooner rather than later.
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Bruins Beat: Bruins get off to strong start with multiple come from behind victories (October 12th-26th)



Spotlight Game - 3-2 Win over Florida Panthers
The Florida Panthers have yet to win a game so far this season, but things looked decent for them as they jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and took a 2-1 lead into the third period. That's when Brad Marchand stepped up, scoring a beautiful goal on a pass from Patrice Bergeron to tie the game. Marchy wasn't done there - with only 30 seconds left in regulation, he hit a pinching Matt Grzelcyk in the high slot who ripped a slapshot top corner to take the lead and the win.

With the win, the Bruins improve to 5-2 to start the season, with a remarkable three wins when trailing entering the third period (a 5-4 overtime win against Minnesota, a 4-3 win against the Rangers and the aforementioned win over Florida). The five wins have helped mask an ugly two losses - the first on opening night, when the Bruins gave up four goals in the final five minutes of the game to lose 6-3 to the Sabres, and a 3-1 loss against the Penguins where they were only able to muster 14 shots on goal and were dominated for most of the game.



Who's Hot
1. Brad Marchand - Marchy has gotten off to a ridiculous start so far with six goals and six assists in just seven games. His 12 points not only lead the Bruins but also sees him tied with William Karlsson for the most points in the league so far. Two of the six goals have come while the Bruins were shorthanded, and he also currently leads the team with 15 hits.

2. New Look Second Line - The combination of Charlie Coyle, Tyler Toffoli, and Jake DeBrusk has clicked so far, with the trio combining for seven goals and nine assists so far in seven games. While Bruce Cassidy would like to see a little more from Coyle (zero goals, three assists), he has to be happy with the production Toffoli has provided in his first season wearing the B (two goals, four assists).

3. Brandon Carlo - While he only has one assist so far, Carlo has been awesome on the backend, particularly when Zdeno Chara missed three games with a sore shoulder. Carlo currently leads the Bruins in ice time per game (24:48) as he continues to emerge as one of the best young defensemen in the league.

Who's Not
1. Fourth Line - Yeesh. How long will this line last? The combination of Chris Wagner, Par Lindholm, and Nick Ritchie is currently a combined -10 with 0 points (!) in seven games. What's worse is their lack of physical play, as the trio have only combined to throw 11 hits so far - four fewer than Brad Marchand. Expect Cassidy to make some adjustments sooner rather than later.

2. David Pastrnak's Goal Scoring - Pasta has been just fine so far, and is contributing with five assists and a +5 rating. It is a little concerning, however, that the Bruins best sniper has yet to find the back of the net. One reason for this? A lack of shooting. Pastrnak has only taken 16 shots so far this season - a number the Bruins would like to see increase significantly over the next few games.

Up Next
The Bruins will play the Dallas Stars at home tomorrow before heading out West for an Alberta back-to-back against two underachieving Canadian teams. The game to watch, however, is November 6th against the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have yet to lose a game in regulation so far (4-0-2).

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Bruins Beat: Bruins have another impressive two weeks but come up short against Leafs (October 27th-November 9th)


Patrice Bergeron scored his 10th goal of the season but it wasn't enough to overcome Toronto's relentless pressure

Spotlight Game - 2-1 loss vs Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins
Nov 6, 2020123F
TOR (9-1-2)1012
BOS (9-3-0)0011
Three Stars
J. Halak
2 GA, 43 Saves
F. Anderson
1 GA, 22 Saves
P. Bergeron
1 G, 2 Hits
Team Stats Comparison
TORBOS
Shots on Goal4523
Hits826
Faceoffs Won-Lost169
Penalty Minutes5:005:00
Power Plays Converted0/00/0
Power Play Opportunities00
Time on Attack7:443:45
Scoring Summary
FIRST PERIOD
TORJ. Tavares (7) (Unassisted)
THIRD PERIOD
BOSP. Bergeron (10) (D. Pastrnak, C.McAvoy)
TORP. Aberg (5) (A. Matthews, J. Holl)

In an early season test that pitted the NHL's two top teams (so far) against each other, the Bruins were left wanting as the Leafs outplayed them for nearly the entire game. Although the scoreboard only said 2-1 in favour of Toronto at the end, it was domination from start to finish, as the Leafs outshot the Bruins 45-23 and had nearly double the time on attack.

Some blame could be placed on the schedule. For some bizarre reason, the Bruins played in Anaheim the night before, meaning they were forced to travel across the country back to Boston, where the Leafs were ready and waiting.

The Bruins did dominate the physical game, as they piled up 18 more hits than the Leafs and even saw Charlie McAvoy win convincingly in a tilt after a questionable hit by Zach Hyman, but it's the scoreboard that matters at the end of the day and the Bruins didn't do nearly enough to get the result they wanted.


After delivering a crushing blow, Zdeno Chara knocks out Vladimir Sobotka in a brutal fight

Other Notes...
- Although the loss to the Leafs was disappointing, the Bruins picked up another five wins and now sit at 10-4 on the season.

- After handling Dallas 3-1, they went north to Canada to take on Calgary and Edmonton and were able to leave Alberta with four points thanks to a 4-3 overtime win over the Flames and 4-2 win over the Oilers. Patrice Bergeron scored the winning goals in both contests.

- A tough 4-2 loss to Chicago was followed by an offensive explosion against the Anaheim Ducks, as the B's scored seven en route to a 7-3 win. Perhaps the most impressive detail is that seven different Bruins' scored goals, including David Pastrnak picking up first of the season.

- Although the loss to Toronto was disappointing, the Bruins rallied to beat Arizona 4-2 to close out the week. Tuukka Rask was terrific in net with 36 saves and Brad Marchand scored the winning goal late in the second period.


It took 12 games, but David Pastrnak finally picked up his first goal of the season.

Who's Hot
1. Patrice Bergeron - Bergeron has been a force so far in 2020. He currently leads the Bruins in goals (10) and points (19), and led the way these past two weeks with six goals and nine points in just seven games. The perfection line has lived up to its name so far - and David Pastrnak still hasn't quite found his game yet (more on that later).

2. Physical play - After the St. Louis Blues were able to outhit the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final two years ago, the B's looked to add some more physicality to their game. It's worked so far in 2020, as they outhit every team they played these past two weeks. It doesn't always work - see the game against Toronto - but it's hard to argue with their 10-4-0 record so far. Brad Marchand and Brandon Carlo lead the way with 33 and 32 hits respectively, while youngster Jeremy Lauzon has shown he isn't shy himself, recording 22 hits so far.

Who's Not
1. Nick Ritchie - After struggling for the first two weeks of the season, the fourth line picked it up and started to become more of a factor at both ends of the ice. Well. Sort of. That doesn't quite hold true for Nick Ritchie, who was finally scratched in favour of Anton Blidh. Ritchie, in 10 games, recorded 0 points, a -5 rating, and just six hits. In another move, Chris Wagner was moved up to the third line with Anders Bjork dropping to the fourth - a move that paid off against Arizona when Bjork was able to open the scoring.

2. David Pastrnak's goal scoring - We'll keep this right here for now. Although he finally picked up his first goal of the season, he sits at just one goal in 14 games so far. He's also only a +4 - which, isn't terrible, but isn't quite at the level of his fellow line mates (Bergeron +8 and Marchand +9). Pasta has taken 43 shots so far, meaning his shooting percentage sits at just 2.3% - a ridiculous number considering his career shooting percentage is 14.7%.


Patrice Bergeron has been the Bruins best player so far this season
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Bruins Beat: Bruins hault three-game losing streak with comeback win over Vegas (November 10th-November 23rd)


Brad Marchand has been sensational so far this season with 27 points in 21 games, including four shorthanded goals

Spotlight Game - 5-4 win vs Vegas Golden Knights
Vegas Golden Knights at Boston Bruins
Nov 23, 2020123F
VEG (11-8-1)3014
BOS (13-7-0)1315
Three Stars
B. Marchand
2 G, 1 Hit
T. Toffoli
1 G, 1 A, 2 Hits
J. Lauzon
GWG
Team Stats Comparison
VEGBOS
Shots on Goal2428
Hits1217
Faceoffs Won-Lost2214
Penalty Minutes4:006:00
Power Plays Converted21
Power Play Opportunities32
Time on Attack7:095:34
Scoring Summary
FIRST PERIOD
VEG2:27 J. Marchessault (10) (N. Schmidt, S. Theodore)
BOS9:01 B. Marchand (12) (Unassisted)
VEG18:06 P. Stastny (5) (A. Tuch, J. Williams)
VEG19:54 C. Stephenson (3) (V. Zykov)
SECOND PERIOD
BOS8:45 A. Bjork (4) (Unassisted)
BOS12:25 B. Marchand (13) (D. Pastrnak, T. Toffoli)
BOS13:22 T. Toffoli (8) (Unassisted)
THIRD PERIOD
VEG2:27 M. Pacioretty (8) (P. Stastny)
BOS6:36 J. Lauzon (1) (P. Lindholm, C. Wagner)

No one was panicking by any means. You don't panic in November. That being said, the Bruins players and coaching staff must have felt a little bit of pressure as they went to the dressing room after one period of play against Vegas, trailing 3-1. That's what happens when you've lost three in a row and scored just four goals in the past three games.

Then, in a span of less than five minutes of game time, the entire building was able to breathe a sigh of relief. Goals from Anders Bjork, Brad Marchand, and Tyler Toffoli gave the Bruins a 4-3 lead heading into the third. Of course, nothing is ever easy - an early third period tally by Max Pacioretty tied the game up at four.

That's when an unlikely hero stepped up. Jeremy Lauzon, his first real season as an NHL starter, found a loose puck near the top of the circle and unloaded a cannon, which found the net behind Marc-Andre Fleury. It was only Lauzon's third career goal, but it was enough for the Bruins to eek out a 5-4 victory.


Long-time Bruin David Krecji is having a great season in Seattle with 17 points, and scored a goal against his former team this past week as Seattle took home the 4-1 win

Other Notes...
- The week started well for Boston as they took down their long-time nemesis the Washington Capitals with a 3-2 win in a shootout. Beating the Capitals and winning in a shootout are two things the Bruins rarely do, making this win all the more impressive. Tyler Toffoli scored the winning goal in the shootout.

- Tuukka Rask has been somewhat inconsistent so far as he's been forced to play more than usual due to Jaroslav Halak's nagging hip injury, but he was terrific against San Jose, making 38 saves in a 3-0 win. The Bruins penalty kill was also terrific, killing all four Shark powerplays and even scoring a shorthanded goal courtesy of Brad Marchand.

- The lack of scoring during the three-game losing streak against the Devils, Red Wings, and Seals is certainly a concern moving forward, although the Bruins did end the week by scoring 10 goals in two games. David Pastrnak picked up his second goal of the year against the Red Wings, but is still struggling to find the back of the net on a consistent basis.

- The Seattle Seals may just be this year's Vegas Golden Knights, as they entered their game against the Bruins with an impressive 11-5-2 record. They have several notable players, including Krejci (3 goals, 14 assists), Eric Staal (4 goals, 13 assists, 17 points) and Alex Pietrangelo (4 goals, 11 assists, 15 points). They are also getting excellent goaltending from Thomas Greiss, who has a 1.86 goals against average and .931 save percentage this season.

- On the roster front, Bruce Cassidy continues to struggle with the fourth line, and the team chose to make a move after the loss against Seattle by sending the struggling Anton Blidh down to Providence. Blidh was -3 with zero points in eight games. The B's will turn Zach Senyshyn, who has 14 points and is a +7 in 18 games with Providence so far. This could be Senyshyn's chance to prove he belongs in the NHL, and perhaps more importantly, prove he isn't a bust. He's off to a good start as he scored the opening goal against the Flyers.

- The scoring outbursts against Vegas and Philadelphia certainly eased several concerns across New England. Eight different Bruins scored in those two games, as Cassidy and the Bruins' coaching staff continues to look for balance across all lines.


Despite playing on the fourth line, Anders Bjork has been a consistent factor in the offensive zone and was able pick up two goals against the Golden Knights and Flyers.

Who's Hot
Brad Marchand - The B's have a solid 14-7-0 record so far, but who knows where they'd be without Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. It was Marchy who dominated this week, picking up five goals and nine points. He currently has 27 points in 21 games on the season, is a terrific +12, has scored two game-winning goals, two power play goals, and four shorthanded goals. He also leads the team with 41 hits - and could be making a serious run at the Heart Trophy.

Jeremy Lauzon - We talked about the young blue-liner earlier, but he's had a very impressive season so far. He was given a bit of a rest earlier this week as Connor Clifton got into the lineup - but perhaps it's no coincidence that Boston went 1-2 in the three games he missed. He's currently averaging 15:11 minutes per game, has just 11 giveaways, has piled up 24 hits, and scored the winning goal against Vegas.

Who's Not
Power play - Part of the reason for the Bruins' offensive struggles has been their inconsistent power play. Normally one of the best in the league, the B's are converting at just 15.9% right now, which ranks 22nd overall - an area they need to focus on.

Charlie Coyle and David Pastrnak Both Coyle and Pastrnak are playing fine. They are plus players, have a handful of assists, and have been defensively responsible. They aren't finding the back of the net, however. Pasta currently has just two goals while Coyle has just one. The two have combined to score just three goals on 101 shots - a shooting percentage under 3%! As such, Cassidy has decided to switch up the lines for the next few games.

The new look forward lines:
Marchand-Bergeron-Kase
Toffoli-Coyle-Pastrnak
DeBrusk-Kuraly-Wagner
Bjork-Lindholm-Senyshyn

Hopefully this allows Coyle and Pastrnak to start producing some more offense.

What's on tap?
The Bruins have another big early test as they face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday. Tampa currently sits at 13-7-1 - just one point behind Boston in the Atlantic Division. The Bruins also conclude their five-game home stand this week, but it won't be easy, as their next five games overall come against teams with winning records (Tampa Bay, Colorado, Vancouver, LA, and Winnipeg).


Brad Marchand has been celebrating a lot this season as he leads the Bruins with 13 goals.
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Bruins Beat: Line changes work as Bruins pile on the goals (November 24th-December 7th)


In a potential playoff preview, Jake DeBrusk scored the fifth and game-winning goal in the third period against the Lightning

Spotlight Game - 5-4 win vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins
Nov 25, 2020123F
TAM (13-7-1)2204
BOS (14-7-0)2215
Three Stars
S. Kuraly
1 G, 1 A, 5 Hits
A.Killorn
2 G
J.DeBrusk
GWG
Team Stats Comparison
TAMBOS
Shots on Goal2827
Hits422
Faceoffs Won-Lost268
Penalty Minutes4:008:00
Power Plays Converted11
Power Play Opportunities42
Time on Attack6:265:31
Scoring Summary
FIRST PERIOD
BOS3:42 B. Marchand (14) (D. Pastrnak)
BOS11:38 M. Grzelcyk (2) (D. Pastrnak)
TAM17:20 S. Stamkos (11) (M. Irwin, Y. Gourde)
TAM19:55 A. Killorn (3) (M. Sergachev)
SECOND PERIOD
BOS1:54 S. Kuraly (7) (C. Wagner, Z. Chara)
BOS4:10 T. Toffoli (9) (C. Coyle)
TAM10:20 N. Kucherov (14) (Unassisted)
TAM15:15 A. Killorn (4)(S. Stamkos)
THIRD PERIOD
BOS3:30 J. DeBrusk (10) (S. Kuraly, J. Lauzon)

If Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning was any indication, these two teams need to meet in the playoffs. It was a wild affair that saw the Lightning rally twice from down two goals only for Jake DeBrusk to score a beautiful third period goal off the left wing to give the Bruins the 5-4 victory.

It was the first game for the Bruins after head coach Bruce Cassidy switched up his forward lines, moving David Pastrnak down to the second line with Charlie Coyle, Jake DeBrusk down to the third line, and Ondrej Kase up the first line. Although the Bergeron line struggled, the second and third lines were much better, particularly in the offensive zone.

Cassidy hasn't said how long the lines will stay together. It's hard to split up the Perfection Line - but considering they still play on the power play together, it may be worth giving this new lineup a look for an extended period of time to try to help give the team a more balanced offensive attack.


Brad Marchand takes out some anger during a frustrating 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Other Notes...
- It has to feel good as a head coach when you make a lineup change and it works immediately. In the first three games after the switch, the Bruins went 3-0 and outscored their opponents 14-6.

- In reality, the Bruins should have been 4-0, as they took an early 2-0 lead against the Los Angeles Kings before allowing four second period goals. David Pastrnak got the game back to within one with his fourth goal of the season in the third period, but the Bruins couldn't punch in the equalizer.

- The 5-0 win over Winnipeg may have been the Bruins best game of the season. Brad Marchand added two more goals, giving him 18 on the season, Sean Kuraly scored a shorthanded goal that was pure effort, and two struggling forwards, Ondrej Kase and David Pastrnark, both scored.

- Of course, this was followed by one of the more frustrating losses of the season, a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Hurricanes. The Bruins just couldn't get much going throughout the game, and when they did, Peter Mrazek was there to make the save. He robbed Pastrnak late in the third period on a one-timer that would have tied the game.


David Pastrnak seems to have found his stride playing alongside Charlie Coyle, picking up three goals and five assists in his last six games.

Who's Hot
Line changes - We've mentioned it a few times, but the forward line changes made by Bruce Cassidy has worked exceptionally well so far. The Bruins have gone 4-2 since the change, and more impressively, have scored 23 goals in those six games. The first line has scored seven and the second line has scored seven, with the power play and other two lines chipping in for the others.

Matt Grzelcyk - Some people questioned the Seattle Seals for taking an aging center (David Krejci) over Matt Grzelcyk, and those questions haven't quieted down thanks to Grz's excellent start so far. He scored two goals and added two assists during this six game stretch, and now has 14 points on the season, meaning he is on pace to shatter his career high in all scoring categories. He's also a very impressive +15.

Sean Kuraly - The Bruins asked a lot of their young forward by giving him the third line center job, a position he couldn't handle two years ago. So far he's been excellent. Kuraly picked up four points over these past six games, and has eight goals on the season. More importantly, however, he's been terrific on the penalty kill, in his own end, and on the draws, leading the team with a 58% faceoff percentage.

Who's Not
Torey Krug - Having recently been handed a big contract extension, Krug has gotten off to a slow start so far in 2020. He only has one goal and 11 points on the season, and sits at just a +2 (by comparison, his D-partner Brandon Carlo is +13). Although the Bruins have scored 23 goals in the past six games, Krug has registered just one assist. One positive? His 26 blocked shots is second on the team.

What's on tap?
All eyes will be on Monday's game against the St. Louis Blues, a rematch of the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals. Both teams come into the game with 18-9-0 records. It's the first of four straight road games for the Bruins, a trip that ends in Montreal on Saturday and will last six days. Expect Jaroslav Halak to get some time in the net to give Tuukka Rask some time to rest.


Ondrej Kase has come alive after being put on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.

NHL Standings - Updated: Dec 9, 2020
ATLANTICWLOTLPTSGFGA
Toronto Maple Leafs2053437956
Boston Bruins1890369064
Tampa Bay Lightning16923410686
Buffalo Sabres1233277784
Ottawa Senators11152247885
Montreal Canadiens101522272110
METROPOLITANWLOTLPTSGFGA
New York Rangers1972409973
Washington Capitals16102349080
Philadelphia Flyers16110329089
Pittsburgh Penguins14104328577
New Jersey Devils12105297376
New York Islanders12105298086
Carolina Hurricanes13113297877
Columbus Blue Jackets10152228195
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Minnesota Wild1963418268
St. Louis Blues1890369077
Winnipeg Jets13104308379
Dallas Stars14131297475
Colorado Avalanche12114288790
Nashville Predators13132288183
Chicago Blackhawks13132287990
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Seattle Seals1593338964
Los Angeles Kings15111317377
Vegas Golden Knights13122288994
Vancouver Canucks12123278384
Anaheim Ducks12133277686
Edmonton Oilers121512591104
Calgary Flames10162228295

**for some reason some of the teams get cut out - I may try this as a playoff race next time**
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Really enjoying these writeups! Love the blurbs about different pieces of the team... let's you give out a ton of information without having to write articles about every game. Definitely following along!
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