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Bruins’ Month in Review: Turkey Takeaways

Shawn took a deep look at the month of November and how the B’s did while playing in it.

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As the month of Turkey stuffing and chaotic shopping has finally come to a close, it is time to look back on the month of November.

The Bruins put up a 7-5-1 record, recording 15 points in 13 games. But any average Joe can look at a team’s record. Let’s look a bit deeper using advanced statistics to see how they got there.

Possession:

The Bruins ranked 4th at 5v5 adjusted corsi-for percentage at 53.3%. This is the amount of shot attempts that were from Bruins players. The teams who ranked higher were the Chicago Blackhawks, Carolina Hurricanes, and St. Louis Blues.

When adjusting for things like the quality of shots, the Bruins ranked 10th in 5v5 expected goals-for percentage at 52.3%. This is the percentage of expected goals that occurred that were from Bruins players. Slightly above average, not terrible, but it could be better.

Goals, and a Bizarre Penalty Differential:

For those who only want to look at the goals, the Bruins ranked 8th in the month of November in 5v5 goals-for percentage at 54%. That is the percentage of on-ice goals that were from Bruins players. That is just behind St. Louis at 54.2%.

One rare statistic that Bruins fans are not used to seeing is that the Bruins actually had a positive penalty differential. They ranked 5th at 5v5 penalty differential per 60 with .85. In English, that means the Bruins were drawing an extra penalty on their opponents about every other game.

Man Advantage still struggles:

Although the Bruins were getting more powerplays than their opponents, the Bruins continued to struggle on the man advantage. They were last in shots, expected goals, and goals at a rate of 60 minutes in the month of November.

Yes, key power play fixtures like David Backes missed 12 games, David Krejci missed 9, Brad Marchand missed 8, Ryan Spooner missed 10, and Torey Krug missed 3, but injuries can’t be the only thing to blame here. Anyone who has watched the Bruins’ power play this year has seen them struggle to not only enter the zone, but to then form into the 1-3-1, or whatever formation they are trying to use.

All-in-all it was a good month for the Bruins fans, and they should be excited to see what this team can do healthy. For now, I leave you with one last thought. Should Bruce Cassidy be nominated for the Jack Adams Award?