The Boston Bruins currently sit in a tie for first overall, along with the Dallas Stars and the Detroit Red Wings. While the Stars were expected to perform well, both the Wings and Bruins were expected to dwell in the basement. As we reported recently, the standings truly are bizarre and unexpected. Boston’s record going into tonight’s November 4th contest against the Montreal Canadiens currently rests at 11-3-0-0, good for 22 points.
When delving deeper into each game, more specifically each win, it quickly becomes very clear that coach John Hynes has instilled a “team-first” approach and has been getting that buy-in from all of his players, whether they occupy the fourth line or play top line minutes.
In the 11 wins, the following players appear as standouts:
Calvin DeHaan x1
Josh Anderson x3
Colin Miller x2
Thomas Greiss x1
Carter Hutton x1
Matt Duchene x2
Ryan Dzingel x3
JT Miller x2
Paul Byron x2
Kasperi Kapanen x2
Wayne Simmonds x1
In the 5-1 victory over San Jose on October 28th, 12 different players registered at least 1 point.
The team has found success despite some injuries hitting the lineup, with the following players missing time to various degrees: Colin Miller, Josh Anderson (will miss his 6th game this evening as a precaution), Brandon Carlo (currently DTD and not in tonight’s lineup), Jake McCabe, Zach Aston-Reese and Markus Granlund.
JT Miller, Duchene, Colin Miller, Kapanen and Anderson are all playing at a point-per-game pace or better, while both Byron and Dzingel have 13 points in 14 contests this year. JT Miller is among the league leaders in assists, Colin Miller is 2nd in league scoring for D and Kapanen is a point behind Dylan Strome for the rookie lead in points as well. The goaltending tandem of Greiss and Hutton has worked so far, with 6 and 5 wins each respectively.
As a team, their proudest stats are likely those of both the penalty kill (only 3 goals against in 14 games) and goals against, sitting as the 2nd best team in each category. They also score the 8th most goals per game, sitting at a 3.57 clip currently.
Although the team has a lot to be proud of, they’ve only played 17% of the season and there is a lot more puck to be played.