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A rusty start for Boston’s top power-play unit & 3 other thoughts from Bruins’ opening slate of games

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The Bruins have opened the 2019-20 season on a strong note, beating both the Dallas Stars and Arizona Coyotes on the road to improve to 2-0-0. With Boston now set to battle Vegas on Tuesday night, here are four thoughts from the Bruins’ first stretch of regular-season play:

Boston’s top power-play unit is shaking off some rust

We’re only two games in, so there’s no need to read too deep into a smaller sample size — but it is fascinating to see how much better Boston’s second power-play unit has fared when compared to the big guns Bruce Cassidy usually relies on. 

Coming off of a postseason in which Boston’s man advantage struck goal on an absurd 32.4% of its opportunities, the B’s PP1 unit has spent most of the last two games shaking off the rust — with the usual suspects of Torey Krug, Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk failing to get on the scoreboard against Dallas and Arizona. 

Some of those failed chances can be chalked up to bad breaks or poor puck luck — such as when Arizona’s Michael Grabner turned on the jets after a skittering biscuit and drew an interference call less than 10 seconds into a B’s power play. 

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But as a whole, the PP1 has even labored when they’ve managed to cycle the puck around and set up in their usual spots in the O-zone.