January 7, 2012
NHL Saturday: Top 5
By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency
TOP FIVE STATS FOR THE BOSTON BRUINS
The Stanley Cup champions, after a slow start, are on an incredible roll and their timing couldn't be better with a rematch of last spring's final against the Vancouver Canucks coming up Saturday. The numbers, of course, reflect what kind of season the Bruins are having. Here are five great stats for the B's.
1. The Bruins are giving up an average of just 1.84 goals a game which would smash the standard in the post-lockout era. Since 2005-06, the record is 2.18 goals against a game set by the Detroit Red Wings in 2007-08. It would be lower than any mark in the seven seasons before the 20004-05 lockout when scoring was tough to come by. The lowest mark since 1997-98 is 2.00 by the New Jersey Devils in 2003-04.
2. The Bruins' goal differential is plus-69 (138 goals for, 69 against). To put that in perspective, the next-best goal differential in the league is Vancouver at plus-35. The Bruins' mark is almost twice as good. Wow.
3. According to Capgeek.com, the Bruins have the ability to add about $13.6 million in salary at the trade deadline, if general manager Peter Chiarelli so desires. He made a great move last year to get Chris Kelly from the Ottawa Senators. Kelly has become a key member of the Bruins, killing penalties and adding secondary scoring.
4. The Bruins have these stats despite going 3-7 in their first 10 games in October and being outscored 22-25 during those games. That means they have given up 44 goals in their past 27 games, a goals-against average of 1.63.
5. It will be interesting how the Bruins do in the second half. They have had a favourable schedule so far, having played 21 of their first 37 games at home. That means they will play 25 of their last 45 on the road, but at 12-4 away from Boston so far this season, it probably won't make much of a difference.