Let’s start off with two questions.
Have the Bruins been downright terrible the first two games of the NHL restart?
The answer, of course, has undeniably been YES, and the Bruins would be the first to tell you so.
The B's have been outscored by an 8-2 in those two games, and even worse, they've looked lazy and apathetic for the majority of play so far.
Could their play through one exhibition game and one round robin game be best summed up as uncharacteristic of the Boston Bruins?
Which is exactly why it's far too early to worry about the Bruins right now.
In case you've forgotten, the B's, at 44-14-12, were the NHL's best team prior to the suspension of hockey.
It's true that those pre-COVID days were months and months ago, but besides the passage of time, nothing with the team has really changed.
The Bruins still have:
- Arguably the best line in hockey, including the co-winner of the Rocket Richard Trophy and a Selke trophy finalist.
- Fantastic depth down the middle with Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, and Charlie Coyle
- A Vezina Trophy finalist in net in Tuukka Rask
- The stingiest defense in the NHL (allowing just 167 goals in 70 games)
- A deadly power play
- A Jack Adams Trophy finalist behind the bench
- And perhaps most importantly, a ton of experience in dealing with adversity
The Bruins are also a team that relies heavily on a full-team defensive structure, a system that does not function well when players are not communicating or living up to their individual responsibilities.
The amount of missed passes and failed coverages point to things being a little off at the moment.
Over the last couple years, there have been times exactly like this when the Bruins looked completely out of sync. A good example of this would be the slump Boston went through in mid-December this season: after being unable to tie their own skates for about a month, the Bruins went on a tear, winning 21 of their last 26 games
Time after time, the forwards and defense manage to get on the same page after slumping, and when they do, the team starts winning again. There’s no reason the Bruins can't do the time the first round of the playoffs rolls around.
The remaining two games in the round robin for the B's are far from easy, and could quite possibly get ugly for Boston.
If the Bruins do lose both games, it's still not time to hit the panic button. Whoever the Bruins face in round one will not be a team of the same caliber as their round robin opponents.