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One Year Late, 2014 IS the Year of the Bruin

2014 has been good to the Bruins. Since the beginning of the calendar year my team is 14-2-1 and has worked itself into a great position with 26 games remaining. Special teams are 6th on the power play and 7th on the penalty kill, both have been dynamite in the new year. While our goals for average has slipped to 7th in the league at 3.23 goals per game, our goals against has gotten better, we now sit 2nd in the league with a 2.30 goals against average per game. 

James Reimer has been a beast for me starting 47 games, winning 33 and posting a 2.17 goals against average with a .911 save percentage. It helps we lead the league in shots against, only giving up a stingy 24.5 shots against per game.  It could also be a result of a defense core that loves to punish the competition. I have three dmen with 100+ hits. Niklas Grossmann leads the way with 157, Ladislav Smid has 152 and Cody Franson has 146. That kind of muscle has to be a factor in our success. On the offensive side, I have 5 dmen who have 4 or more goals with Bieksa leading the way at eight.

Up front my second line has been my most lethal with Jeff Carter and Patric Hornqvist leading the way.  Carter has 33 goals in 56 games (including 7 game winning goals) while Hornq leads the team with 55 points. James Neal hasn't been lighting it up as much as i thought he would but still has a respectable 19 goals including 8 on the power play. In the physical department, Brayden Schenn and Brendan Morrow have 100+ hits apiece, nice but we'd like to add even more muscle by the deadline.

Financially the team is doing ok, we are on track to stay under but currently have John Carlson sitting on the farm. He makes our D even more lethal so saving enough cap by the playoffs would be awesome so i could call him up.  Korpikoski was dealt to save cap space, Drew Miller slips into his 3rd line role and we just signed Toby Peterson to join the fourth line and eat some minutes.

Going forward we are open to trade discussions, we have a 1st, 2nd and 4th in the upcoming draft and while I love my team as it currently sits, if a deal comes along that is too good to refuse we won't be afraid to make a big move.