The 2019/20 Boston Bruins are enjoying a mid-season run towards another Stanley Cup. However, lately, the club has been a victim of blowing games late in the third period. In this post, we will review three reasons why head coach Bruce Cassidy needs to rotate his goalies in order to keep them fresh for the playoffs.
Keep Rask And Halak Fresh
If the Bruins hope to return to the Stanley Cup finals in 2020, then head coach Bruce Cassidy needs to keep both goalies fresh. Last season, the number one goalie Tuukka Rask started in every postseason game.
After three months, Rask is 14-4, with an impressive .922 save percentage. Backup Jaroslav Halak is enjoying his third season as a Bruin with an 8-3 record and an impressive .917 save percentage. Both netminders have 2 shutouts to their credit.
As every sports fan knows, every team goes through its ups and downs. As of late, the Bruins are sporting a 2-8 record in their last ten games. Despite a recent 7-3 victory over the Capitals, the defensive unit fails to get the puck out of their end.
Nine overtime losses are the most in the NHL. Overall, the Bruins defensively are sixth in the NHL, posting 100 goals against. Boston continues to get the impressive play out of veteran Zdeno Chara. Charlie McAvoy is getting better every game. The rest of the group, Brandon Carlo, John Moore, Steven Kampfer, and Connor Clifton, have contributed significantly.
Strong Bruins Offensive Production
With injuries to Patrice Bergeron, the Bruins have still had a potent offense. David Pastrnak continues to be an offensive threat. Brad Marchand is one of the league’s best. The second line of Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci. Charlie Coyle and David Backes have been consistent.
Considering that the Bruins have one of the best first-lines in hockey, the team needs to maintain their balance and play sixty minutes of hockey. As of now, the Bruins are sitting comfortably in first place in the Atlantic Division.
Nine overtime losses are far too many at this time of year, and will only get more difficult. The defense is what the Bruins have been noted for over the years. Head coach Bruce Cassidy is not shy of changing starting goalies and last year was a perfect example when he benched Rask. If the Bruins continue to blow leads then you can expect there will be changes at the trade deadline as well.
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