After reeling off the second longest point streak in franchise history at 19 games, the Bruins have suddenly found themselves in a rut, dropping three straight games in regulation during road matchups against the Penguins, Blue Jackets and Jets. Obviously, injuries have played a major role in this recent downturn, but let's take a look at a couple of telling stats from Boston’s mini-slump with postseason hockey less than a month away.
27: Giveaways by Bruins during the three-game road trip
All season long, the Bruins have been one of the better teams in the league when it comes to puck possession, ranking seventh among all NHL clubs with a 52.06 Corsi For Percentage.
Whether it be players that prefer to hold on to the puck and slow down the pace like David Krejci, shifty defensemen that get rid of the biscuit quick like Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk or forwards that are near impossible to separate from the puck like Brad Marchand, Boston isn’t a club that’s usually prone to shooting itself in the foot when it comes to poor puck possession or management.
But turnovers are becoming more and more prevalent with this team over its last couple of matchups — many of which have often put Boston behind the eight-ball. Look no further than Nikolaj Ehlers’ eventual game-winning goal in Winnipeg’s 4-3 win over Boston on Thursday.
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) March 15, 2019
A fumble by Danton Heinen in the defensive zone goes from a simple miscue into a back-breaking, two-goal deficit for Boston in short order — as the loose puck in the slot skitters around for just a split-second before Ehlers uncorks a blast past Tuukka Rask to close out the scoring for the Jets on the night.
These giveaways have been piling up at an alarming rate, even before this losing skid started up. Over the final three wins of Boston’s 19-game point streak, the B's was tagged with an absurd 47 giveaways — playing a key role as to why Boston needed to orchestrate some impressive rallies in order to post victories over the Hurricanes, Panthers and Senators.