You all know the deal by now, but it’s worth stepping back and appreciating it: the Bruins have taken points in 18 CONSECUTIVE GAMES, going 14-0-4.
This screengrab from tonight’s broadcast on NESN tells the story:
Yowza! The Bruins haven’t seen a run of consecutive points like this in 49 years. 49 years!!!!
The streak began with an overtime loss to the Rangers on the 16th. The last regulation loss was on the 14th, a 5-3 loss to the Capitals. Go back to the beginning of that week, the 11th. Since then, the Bruins and the New England Patriots have the same number of regulation losses. Sports are weird, man.
If you go back to the day before the streak began (December 14th), the change in the standings is ridiculous.
On the 14th, the Bruins were in third place in the Atlantic. They were 7 points behind second-place Toronto, and 14 points behind first-place Tampa. They were only two points ahead of Montreal, and three points ahead of Detroit.
Today? The Bruins are in second place in the Atlantic, just five points behind Tampa (with two games in hand). They are five points ahead of Toronto (with four games in hand). They are a whopping 20 points up on both Montreal and Detroit. 20 points!!!
Again on the 14th, the Bruins were tied for 20th overall in the NHL, with 34 points. Today? Third place in the league with 66 points.
Some other stats:
- The Bruins have the fewest regulation losses in the league (10).
- They have the second-best goal differential in the league (+40).
- They have the longest actual winning streak in the league (5 games).
- They’ve allowed the fewest goals in the league (116).
The streak is going to come to an end at some point. Until then, we can enjoy the ride.
It’s a fun time to be a Bruins fan.