Friday, October 27, 2006

The slide continues

Last night's loss to the (ugh) Canadiens dropped the B's to 2-5-1, leaving them in a three way tie for the fewest points in the NHL (tied with the Flyers and Blue Jackets).

While the goaltending has been the lightning rod for critics, blame needs to be placed elsewhere as well. As I've stated before, poor defensive play by the team is mostly responsible for the amount of goals they've given up (35...6th most in the league). But what also stands out is how equally inept the offense has been. Through eight games, this team has amassed seventeen goals. Seventeen! That's just over two goals a game. And their power play percentange is sixth worst in the league with an abyssmal 10.8% (surprisingly, the Senators and Lightning are actually worse than the B's).

In the new NHL, you need to score a lot of goals or you're not going to be successful. The two other worst teams that I mentioned above? The Flyers have 18 goals in 9 games and the Blue Jackets have 17 in 8 games. These three teams have the fewest goals scored and also have the worst records. What about the highest scoring teams in the league and their records?

49 goals - Sabres - 10-0-0 (best record)
40 goals - Thrashers - 7-1-3 (2nd best)
36 goals - Sharks - 7-4-0 (6th best)

This team needs a goal scorer, and it needs one fast. Marc Savard, the playmaking center, took 10 shots on net last night. The best shooter on this team is Glen Murray, and there's rumors they're going to trade him for another goaltender? I don't think so. Maybe the Bruins should do the opposite and think about moving Thomas for a middle-line sniper who can help this team score some goals.

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Blogger jimbuff said...

How about getting a coach with a grain of hockey sense. He has no system - puts out the lines, and from the look of games so far, his system is to let them scramble and hope they score more goals than the other team. The Bruins are not on the same page because Lewis has no page to be on. At this rate he is quickly closing in on Pat Burns as the 2nd worse coach in Bruins history.
Changes early in the season are not always a bad thing - I hear Hitch is looking for another coaching job.

12:13 PM, October 27, 2006  
Blogger Latrappe said...

You make good points but run a report on NHL.com on the goalters. If you look closely, there's a strong relation between the record of the team and the record of their goaltenders.

Jim, Lewis is not the problem. The team, right now, prefer to do fancy things instead of execute the basic plays. there's Way too much pass on the PP. In the defensive zone, they prefer to make dangerous passes instead of clearing the zone by the board or the glass. I will blame Lewis when this team will stop to play dumb hockey. The coach cannot be blame for his players stupidity...

12:35 PM, October 27, 2006  
Blogger Doobie said...

Latrappe, do you mean a relation between the goalie stats (save% and GAA) and team record? I think if we're talking wins-losses, a relation between the goalie record and the team record would be obvious...

4:06 PM, October 27, 2006  
Blogger TreeBob said...

Latrappe, you are right that goalie stats (let's assume that is what you were talking about), correlate with loses. I believe that a porous defence will attribute to a goalie having those bad stats.

While we are talking stats let's talk about +-! The number one defender on the Bruins is Andrew Alberts at +3 (84th best in the league) and he's only played 6 games. Next on the list is Glen Murray at +1 (199th). No surprise since he is the team's leading scorer.

After that there are a bunch at 0, but it's the 5 worst that tell the tale.

Jeff Hoggan -4
Jason York -4
Wayne Primeau -5
Zdeno Chara -5
Paul Mara -6
Total Team is -35!!!

I could go on but what's the point. They left Thomas to fend for himself last night.

I am with Doob, we need D bad.

5:58 PM, October 27, 2006  
Blogger Latrappe said...

Doobie and Treebob that's exactly what i was talking about. I agree that the +/- is good indicator but i will not retain the +/- against Chara because he's playing 30 min + per game. Regarding the D, the team should keep Lashoff and make a place for Mark Stuart when he will be back.

Right now, Dempsey and York cost us a lots of goals and giveaways. So When Brad Stuart and Alberts will be back, the defensive squad will be a bit better. The less Dempsey and York will play, the better it will be.

6:09 PM, October 27, 2006  
Blogger TreeBob said...

I was going to mention the time Chara played, as he is also plays on the pp and pk. That give away last night that led to the second goal was brutal though.

Was it him just not getting a grip on the puck or was it poked away?

6:29 PM, October 27, 2006  

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