CALGARY, AB -- As the reigning Eastern Conference champions, the only thing the Boston Bruins didn’t accomplish last season was hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup.
The Bruins have readjusted portions of their lineup to give themselves another run, including adding Loui Eriksson and former Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla without disrupting much of the team’s core. Boston also locked up starter Tuukka Rask in July to give the Bruins long-term stability in net.
The formula has worked well a third of the way into the season. The Bruins sit a top the Eastern Conference standings and few doubt their resume as a Cup contender again this season.
This Season: 20-8-2, 42 points (1st in East)
Last Season: 28-14-6, 62 points (4th in East)
Notable Additions: RW Loui Eriksson, RW Matt Fraser, RW Jarome Iginla, G Chad Johnson, RW Nick Johnson, RW Reilly Smith
Notable Subtractions: D Andrew Ference, RW Nathan Horton, RW Jaromir Jagr, G Anton Khudobin, LW Jay Pandolfo, D Wade Redden, RW Tyler Seguin, RW Jamie Tardiff
Flames Season Series Record: 0-0-0
Lucic has been Boston’s steadiest scorer over the past four games, picking up points in each contest and collecting two goals and six points over that span. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound power winger also paces the Bruins in goals, with 11 this year. His 24 points are also enough for a share of the team lead with David Krejci.
Though he’s not necessarily known for his scoring, Paille has been especially cold of late. The 29-year-old hasn’t recorded a point in eight straight games for the Bruins. After recording 17 points a season ago, Paille has just five in 30 games this season.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
The former Calgary Flames captain has acquitted himself well in Boston. Iginla is fourth in team scoring with 17 points in 30 games. The 36-year-old is also second among the forward core in ice time, averaging 18:24, hits with 60 and shots at 79.
Krug has been dynamite in his rookie season with the Bruins. After bursting onto the scene in last year’s playoff run, the 22-year-old leads Bruins defensemen and all rookie rearguards in goals (8) and points (17). He’s done so while averaging just 17:44 of ice time this year -- 17th best among first-year players.
Leading the Bruins with 19 assists and 24 points, Krejci has picked up where he left off a season ago. His 23 assists topped the team a year ago while his 33 points were second best among Boston skaters. The pivot also leads all forwards in ice time, averaging 19:11 per game.