When it comes to Bruins’ scoring woes, the numbers aren’t adding up

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Numbers never lie.


At a quick glance, there’s wasn’t a whole lot to dislike following the Bruins’ matchup against the Red Wings on Saturday night.

On a night in which Boston outshot Detroit, 40-27, the numbers were even more telling during five-on-five play.

During that stretch, totaling 45:39 TOI, Boston held an overwhelming 53-33 edge in attempts, along with a 33-18 advantage in shots on goal.

The case could be made Boston was more effective at five-on-five than on the man advantage, with the B’s only landing four shots on net against Jimmy Howard during six power-play bids.

Players like Ryan Donato (5 shots on goal), David Krejci and Noel Acciari (two individual high-danger scoring chances apiece) kept Howard on his toes early and often — with Boston generating 25 scoring chances against the Red Wings, 12 of which were “high-danger” opportunities.

(All stats courtesy of Natural Stat Trick)

When looking at possession and scoring chances, the numbers are pointing toward a dominant showing from the Black and Gold, along with two points on the board.

But numbers can be deceiving, and the only digits that truly matter — on the scoreboard — didn’t fall in Boston’s favor on Saturday.

While the B’s possessed the puck for most of the night, the Red Wings made the most of their chances — outscoring the Black and Gold by a 3-1 margin during five-on-five play en route to a 4-2 finish.

It was the latest in a troubling stretch for the Black and Gold, who have seen their offense stagnate as of late — especially with players like Patrice Bergeron and Charlie McAvoy out of the lineup.