It's been a medocre start to the season. The Bruins are 9-7-3 through their first 19 games but haven't been able to string together any consistent games. "We might win a game or two in a row but it's not pretty". The Bruins sit 23rd overall in PP% and 17th overall in PK%. On the positive side the team is holding opposing teams to 23.7 shots per game and are top 5 in goals against. "We still think scoring is our weakness, if we can add another high SC player in our top six we are golden". Asked if there were any deals on the horizon the GM responded with a very sad "No". Most teams are still measuring their results, it will take another 20 or so games before any names start hitting the market. When that happens the Bruins will decide whether they will add or hold the line. Last season they decided to add and it cost them a couple 1st round picks. Doing that again could be harmful to the long term health of the team but the Bruins say if the moment is right, they will add. The window for winning gets smaller each year so unless the team starts to show it can do more than lose low scoring games, it could be an early golfing season in beantown this year.
Tonight the Bruins meet the Sabres who won the last meeting. The Bruins have tweaked the lines since the last game and hope the shuffle will result in a win. Either way the team will be looking for a better effort after losing 5-1 to division rival Habs. The Bruins face the Sabres, Red Wings, Jets, Leafs and Penguins to close out November in what the team is considering the test for this season. If they don't handle those games better than the first 19 the sale signs will be erected.