With the Bruins now heading home after a 3-1 road trip to open the 2019-20 regular season, here’s a look at eight noteworthy stats that shed some light on a few of the strengths and weaknesses of this B’s club in the early going.
6.61: Boston’s 5v5 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes rate in 2019-20
While a stingy defense and a strong showing in net from both Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak have allowed Boston to open the new season with six out of a possible eight points, the B’s offense still has plenty of things to sort out.
With a high-danger scoring chance rate that tabs them 29th out of 31 teams in the league, the Bruins' inability to generate consistent, quality looks down low has been one of the key culprits as to why the B’s offense is only averaging 2.25 goals per game through four matchups.
The struggles of Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci to cash in down low stuck out like a sore thumb during this opening road trip (although video review did rob that line of a nifty 5v5 strike against Colorado), but it's not just those two top-six forwards.
We’ll expand on it a bit more later in the article, but Boston’s inability to find a consistent winger to the right of Charlie Coyle and Danton Heinen is also keeping that third line from maximizing its potential, while a few offensive-minded blueliners will also need to double their efforts against the opposition, especially given their favorable starts out on the ice.
It’s still a small sample size, but it’s hard to ignore that there are multiple spots in the lineup for Boston to correct in order to get the B’s offensive humming.
1.68: Jaroslav Halak’s goals saved above average
While Bruce Cassidy has plenty of work to do when it comes to getting his club’s 5v5 offense back on track, he hasn’t had to spend much time worrying about his options in net — as both Halak and Rask have been excellent in net through the first week-plus of game action.