During Bruce Cassidy’s entire tenure as Boston Bruins head coach, he has only recorded four games with a completely healthy team. Most recently, Anton Blidh, Kevan Miller, and David Krejci are all on Injured Reserve.
The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs seemed to be cursed for Boston as they dealt with an extreme number of injuries ranging from Jake Debrusk’s concussion to John Moore’s shoulder surgery. They also dealt with Kevan Miller’s fractured knee cap, Noel Acciari’s broken sternum, David Pastrnak’s re-aggravated thumb, Patrice Bergeron’s groin, Zdeno Chara’s fractured jaw, and Brad Marchand’s groin and oblique. The B’s were resilient in the postseason as they were able to earn a spot in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. Unfortunately, they lost the last 60 minutes of the game to the St. Louis Blues.
Regardless, they had their best season by far since 2013 when they lost game six to the original six rivals, The Chicago Blackhawks. The Bruins continue to come out on top as the 2019-2020 season is now in full swing. Currently, the Bruins record is 6-1-2. They are fourth in league with 16 out of 20 points and only getting better.
How are they able to produce wins and perform well with all of the injuries? The answer to that question is the incredible youth stepping up to the challenge and playing their hearts out every game. Let’s not forget to mention the leadership of our veterans and stellar goaltending. Tuukka Rask and Jaro Halak have been outstanding in the early stages of the new season. The top line is top-notch and better than ever.
But most importantly, players like Danton Heinen, Karson Kuhlman, Connor Clifton, and Anders Bjork have significantly improved and have gotten more involved. Each of them has at least a point so far this season and has made strides compared to last season. The boys in Providence have also been playing well, indicating that they can be trusted to step up when needed.
It is a proud time as a Bruins Diehard to see such growth in such a short amount of time and a team of 20 players who all want the same thing.