The first half of the Bruins’ season has not solely exceeded the expectations of even essentially the most optimistic followers, it has been trending towards the historic.
Out of a potential 92 factors, the B’s have hauled in 78. With 36 video games left , they would want to seize 54 of a potential 72 factors to match the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens’ report output of 132 factors (although that Habs workforce that haunted many a Bruin fan did it in an 80-game season). And who’s to say they received’t do it?
That, in fact, will not be the top aim of this workforce. They have reached the Stanley Cup-or-bust echelon. And many B’s followers understandably cringe at any time when lofty common season marks are mentioned. Too many January lions have gotten de-fanged when hotter climate arrives.
But, going into Monday’s video games, that they had a 14-point lead over Toronto for the Atlantic Division, a 12-point cushion over Carolina for the Eastern Conference lead and whopping 15-point hole over Dallas for the Presidents Trophy and residential ice benefit all through the playoffs. Some motivation could also be wanted within the second half.
Now ought to a David Krejci or Patrice Bergeron be enjoying within the second half of a back-to-back in early April simply to go for the report? Of course not. But it will not harm this workforce to have some goalposts and milestones off within the distance to take care of its lofty requirements.
So far, although, the inner motivation has labored nicely for them. If they aren’t head and shoulders above the remainder of the NHL in pure expertise, the B’s burning want to win each single sport is in a category by itself. Add the veteran management that has stored the rudder regular and what you’ve got is a workforce that’s as distinctive as any workforce we’ve seen right here, in any sport. And that’s saying one thing.
“I think the calmness with which we compete on this team, there’s not much that really rattles this group, which is a compliment to every guy. And just the way we handle ourselves every night, every day in practice, there’s just such a hunger to get better in here,” stated Nick Foligno after the B’s 4-0 drubbing of San Jose on Sunday. “That’s the biggest thing I’ve seen. Every single guy wants to get better. They don’t want to be the guy that lets the team down, from not doing the little bit extra or committing themselves completely to what we’re doing here. That part? There’s not a lot of trying to pull a guy into the fight anymore. Even when I got here last year, there was such a commitment. And I think it’s been magnified that much more with what’s going on here. We feel like we’re doing something special. I know you guys have heard that and we talked about that a lot, but we really feel that. There’s a lot of storylines, there’s a lot of things going on here. This is a really fun group and we care deeply about each other and we want to make this special year.”
We will very quickly get a greater thought if they’re to catch the ’76-77 Habs (and to be clear, that hasn’t actually grow to be a speaking level but within the room simply but, no less than not publicly.) The B’s begin a troublesome five-game street journey on Tuesday, fittingly, in Montreal, then will play in Tampa Bay, Sunrise, Carolina and at last Toronto earlier than the All-Star break. And between now and the top of February, the B’s play simply three house video games, the place they’re 22-1-3, and 11 video games on the street. They’re a not-too-shabby 15-4-1 away from Causeway Street, however life on the street presents completely different challenges.
Bring it on, stated Foligno.
“We’re going to get every team’s best and we’re expecting every team’s best,” stated Foligno. “And that’s a compliment. It’s not something to be worried about. It’s a compliment to what we’re doing here and the type of team we are. If you’re a good team, you’re going to get every team’s best. We like that challenge and what it does to our group and how it engages us right away. And I think you’re seeing that in our guys. We’re a hyper-competitive team. We want to win every single time we step on the ice and we like the challenge.”
Hitting the street gives a chance for the workforce to jell much more, if that’s potential.
“We get to become road warriors,” stated Foligno. “It’s a great opportunity to hunker down and go into other team’s buildings, them knowing who we are and us having an opportunity to show ’em our best. That’s the motivation – to try to get to our best every single game. It’s worked for us so far.”
McLaughlin will get name
The B’s introduced up heart/wing Marc McLaughlin, who had a powerful coaching camp however began his 12 months slowly in Providence. He has come on not too long ago. He’s acquired 7-10-17 totals in 39 video games, however 3-4-7 in his final 5 within the AHL. How and if the B’s plan to make use of him is to be decided, however one would assume Joona Koppanen earned one other look off his efficiency within the B’s 4-0 win over San Jose. He picked up his first NHL help, dished out 4 hits and received seven-of-nine attracts in 13:35 of ice time.
“Koppanen I thought was very, very visible as far as having a big impact on our win,” stated coach Jim Montgomery after the sport.
It appears loopy with how noticeable he’s been along with his skating these days, to not point out the truth that he’s now on the primary energy play unit, however Taylor Hall hits the street a with 16-game goal-less streak. He has simply 5 assists in that point, enjoying primarily with Charlie Coyle and Trent Frederic.
“I thought that line was really good,” stated Montgomery on Sunday. “They made a lot of plays, hung on to a lot of pucks. They didn’t finish on plays, but they had a lot of opportunities and I thought (Hall) in particular was really driving it. When they’re making plays and attacking the blue paint, good things are going to happen. It’s just matter of time.”