When it comes to sizing up the Bruins and what has plagued this club over its four-game losing streak, it’s tough to ignore the elephant in the room.
For years now, the man advantage has often served as the Bruins’ fast pass to offense — with the likes of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, Torey Krug, and Brad Marchand often bailing out sluggish even-strength stretches and putting contests away and with just a couple minutes of 5v4 action.
But such hasn’t been the case as of late when it comes to Boston’s power-play proficiency. Following the B’s 3-2 loss to the Capitals Wednesday night, Boston has only managed to cash in twice on its last 25 power-play opportunities.
Pretty concerning stuff, not only because of the high expectations those PP units set for themselves in the early going of the 2019-20 campaign, but because all of the key cogs have been back in place over the last couple of games.
Even if Bruce Cassidy has shuffled between Jake DeBrusk and Danton Heinen as the netfront option on the top power-play unit, Bergeron has returned to his usual spot in the bumper, while Pastrnak, Krug, and Marchand are all manning their respective positions whenever a 5v4 opportunity presents itself.
But even with the entire troop back together, Boston is only 1-for-10 on the power play since Bergeron was cleared following an eight-game absence due to injury.
The numbers are pretty disheartening, for sure. But when compared to other shortcomings with his club as of late, don’t expect too much tinkering from Bruce Cassidy when it comes to the personnel running Boston’s top offensive weapon.