The 2019 season has now come to a close for the Boston Bruins. So, let’s take a look at the highs and lows since the beginning of the year.
“By order of the Peaky Blinders,” the Bruins entered Notre Dame Stadium on New Years day dressed to impress in 1920s inspired outfits from the hit Netflix show, Peaky Blinders. The Bruins had an outstanding game (I was there and it was cold) and defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2. Personally, I think that show started something special between the boys and really brought the level of chemistry through the roof. Since the Winter Classic, their bond has been incredibly strong and reliable throughout.
The Bruins played their hearts out in the 2018-2019 season, earning themselves a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and ultimately, the finals. It was an outstanding post season effort from the boys, with a soul crushing ending. The Boston Bruins were just 60 minutes away from earning their 7th Stanley Cup and the only player in black and gold that showed up to play that day, was Tuukka Rask.
The Bruins opened the 2019-2020 season with a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars. They went on to have a 3 game win streak winning 1-0 against the Arizona Coyotes and 4-3 against the Vegas Golden Knights. They earned their first loss of the season on October 10, against the Colorado Avalanche. Two days later, the B’s defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-0 and then won against the Anaheim Ducks 4-2, regaining their winning streak. Their winning streak lasted 8 games before finally being shut down by the Detroit Red Wings. The Bruins suffered a 3-game losing streak until November 15 when they defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2.
The end of November through the first part of December was not so kind to the black and gold. They suffered several losing streaks and seemed to lose their spark as well. Luckily, towards the middle of December, they got back to work with a three game winning streak. The Bruins went 7-3 against the ever so tough Washington Capitals, shutout the Sabres 3-0 and defeated the Sabres again 3-2 just two days later.
David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand are tied for the league lead in points with 59. They have each played 41 games. David Pastrnak has 29 goals, 30 assists, a +/- of 15 and was even named captain of the 2020 All Star team for the Atlantic. Brad Marchand has 20 goals, 39 assists and his +/- is 21. Patrice Bergeron has also had an outstanding start to his season having played in 32 games. Bergeron has 17 goals and 18 assists for a total of 35 points. He is also on the ballot for the 2020 All Star team.
A few players that have flown under the radar but have had incredible seasons are Charlie Coyle, Brandon Carlo, Anders Bjork and Sean Kuraly. Charlie Coyle has played 41 games, scored 7 goals and earned 13 assists for a total of 20 points. Though his +/- is only 1, he has really helped set plays up and involved himself in every aspect of the game.
Brandon Carlo is certainly becoming one of the Bruins best shut down defenseman. He has played in 41 games this season, scored 4 goals and tallied 8 assists for a total of 12 points. His +/- is 8. Carlo has stepped up his game in the last year, deserving his pay raise. Anders Bjork was finally able to show what he is capable of after being injured on and off for the last two years. He has played 33 games this season, scored 6 goals and tallied 5 assists for a total of 11 points. Bjork’s +/- is a 1. Sean Kuraly has played in 41 games, scored 3 goals and tallied 11 assists for a total of 14 points. His +/- is also 1. Kuraly has been tough and reliable throughout his career in Boston, and that will carry on in the new year.
The goaltenders have also had a terrific first half of the season. Tuukka Rask has had 24 starts and has a record of 15-4-5. Rask’s save percentage is .923% and he has earned 2 shutouts. Rask was also named to the 2020 All Star team alongside David Pastrnak and hopefully, Patrice Bergeron. Jaro Halak has had 16 starts and a record of 9-3-4. Halak’s save percentage is .928%.
Unfortunately, the Bruins have been riddled with their yearly injury bug. As of right now, Charlie McAvoy and Kevan Miller have been placed on IR. Connor Clifton and David Krejci are day-to-day. Zdeno Chara re-aggravated his jaw and Patrice Bergeron had had a lingering groin injury.
2019 has been an incredibly successful year for the B’s. As a fan myself, I am super happy to have witnessed such wonderful things from the organization. The current record is 24-7-10 which is outstanding. The Bruins look to make their 4th playoff appearance in 4 years. Hopefully, 2020 will bring many more wins, less injuries and a deep run in the post season.