Advantage Margin -13
The Bruins' ability to win on the road wasn't helped by their discipline. Boston allowed 22 more power plays than it received away from home -- and their road penalty-killing was 30th in the League.
Even-Strength Goals Margin +3
Coach Claude Julien
's tight-checking system and Tim Thomas
' goaltending were big factors in the Bruins' ability to hold their own at even strength. Marc Savard
had 45 of his team-high 78 points with the teams playing even.
Special Teams Goal Margin -12
The Bruins made the playoffs in spite of their special teams, not because of them. Most damaging was their struggles while killing penalties: They were 28th at 78.6 percent. The power play managed only 56 goals.
Goals by defensemen 42
2007-08 SEASON STATS
(8th east/15th NHL)
|Change from 2006-07
(9th east/21st NHL)
(2nd east/5th NHL)
Not surprisingly, Zdeno Chara
was among the NHL leaders among defensemen with 17 goals. The real surprise was the 13 by Dennis Wideman
. Each scored nine times on the power play.
Overtime Record Total:
9-5-7 | OT:
3-5 | SO:
The shootout record would have been a lot worse if it weren't for Phil Kessel
. The second-year forward was 5-for-13; everyone else was 3-for-22. All five of Kessel's goals were game-deciders.
Times Scored First 42 | Record 30-7-5
The Bruins got the first goal 21 times both at home and on the road, but were more effective in capitalizing at home (16-4-1) than away (14-3-4)
Best 07-08 Number 0
Games lost in regulation by the Bruins when leading after two periods. Boston was 31-0-4 when leading after 40 minutes. They were one of three teams that got at least one point in every game when entering the third period with a lead.
Worst 07-08 Number 97
Non-shootout goals scored by the Bruins at home, fewer than any team in the East except the New York Islanders
. Boston scored just 26 times in the first period -- and only two of those goals were on the power play.
The Bruins always have an October trip; this one is a four-gamer that opens the season. They also play eight of their first 10 games in February away from TD Banknorth Garden before going home for their second six-game homestand of the season.