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Morning Skate: Punchless

Not great.

Boston Bruins v Carolina Hurricanes Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images

Happy Friday, folks!

I’ve got power back on the South Shore, hopefully you do too. If you never lost it, well...the nor’easter was pretty powerful.

The Bruins, on the other hand, were pretty much the opposite of powerful last night in Raleigh, failing to score and looking pretty far from potent in a 3-0 loss to Carolina.

Bruce Cassidy aired out some frustrations after last night’s loss, including:

  • The defense not throwing enough pucks on net.
  • The Bruins missing too many grade-A chances/tap-ins.
  • The Bruins passing up too many opportunities to get the puck on net.
  • David Pastrnak failing to convert on too many odd-man rushes.

The list goes on!

It’s fair to say that the Bruins aren’t exactly firing on all cylinders at the moment — the last two games in particular have had a very disjointed feel to them.

Early season rust? Players learning to play together? Bad luck? Something deeper?

The weird part is that pretty much all of those have some legitimacy to them, but the B’s don’t have a ton of time to figure it out.

Elsewhere, the Bruins’ next opponent will have a new coach, as Joel Quenneville resigned as coach of the Florida Panthers last night.

He should have been fired, not resigned, and the fact that the Panthers let him coach on Wednesday night is absurd, made even more so by the fact that they hid him from the media after the game.

Today’s discussion topic

With 1 being least and 10 being most, how concerned are you about the Bruins at this point?