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Examining the Boston Bruins numbers

Wednesday, 09.19.2007 / 10:00 AM / Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist


 

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Advantage Margin: -30
Only two other teams, Florida (443) and Columbus (453) allowed opponents more power-play chances than the Bruins.

Even-Strength Goals Margin: -55
The Bruins’ top four scorers (Marc Savard, Patrice Bergeron, Glen Murray and Marco Sturm) were a collective minus-83. Murray was the team leader with just 16 even-strength goals. 

Special Teams Goal Margin: -20
The Bruins’ special-teams deficit was equal parts power-play and shorthanded goals. They allowed 10 more PPGs than they surrendered, and were also minus-10 in shorthanded goals, allowing a League-leading 18.

Category Rank
(Conference / NHL)
2006-07 Points 76
(13th East / 23rd NHL)
Change From 2005-06 +2
Home Points 40
(14th East / 27th NHL)
Road Points 36
(11th East / 20th NHL)

Goals by defensemen: 26
The Bruins paid big money to bring Zdeno Chara’s big shot to Boston. But last season was a big dud: Chara fell from 16 goals with Ottawa to 11 in his first season with the Bruins and scored just twice at even strength while going minus-21.

Goals by forwards: 184
The Bruins signed Savard to boost their offense, and he did produce 96 points, He was involved in 45.7 percent of the B’s tallies, edging Sidney Crosby for the highest percentage in the league.

Overtime Record: 13-2-4 (OT: 4-2, SO: 9-4)
Why did the Bruins go 4-1 in five overtime games on the road? Mostly because of their goaltending, which allowed just three goals in 21 opportunities, an .857 save percentage.

Times Scored First/Record: 43 (Record: 25-12-6)
The Bruins lost seven times in regulation when scoring the game’s first goal, tying them with Chicago for the most in the League. Their 11 total losses when scoring first matched Los Angeles for the League high.

Best 06-07 Number: 13
Games won by the Bruins after ending tied at the end of regulation. Boston went 4-2 in overtime and 9-4 in shootouts.

Worst 06-07 Number: 24
Losses by the Bruins in games decided by three or more goals. The Bruins lost big a lot, going 8-24 in 32 blowout games, including 1-10 in 11 home games decided by 3-plus goals.

Scheduling:
Boston gets its road games against the West out of the way early: The Bruins open the season with a five-game swing through the Pacific Division. After that, their last 77 games are all in the Eastern Time Zone.

NHL.com's 2007-08 Bruins Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster

 

 

Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1