BRIGHTON, Mass — It isn’t exactly an Unsolved Mystery as to what the Boston Bruins are seeking, and frankly screaming out for, at the NHL trade deadline.
As the B’s prepare for a return to game action on Thursday night against the New York Islanders at the regular season’s midway point, the encouraging news is the Black and Gold are in a playoff spot. They are two points ahead of a floundering Philadelphia Flyers hockey club with three games in hand and still sit in a pretty enviable spot despite some well-chronicled struggles over the season’s last month.
But in breaking down his team at the midway point, Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy was also not shy about diagnosing his group’s potentially fatal flaws. It all comes down to straight-up offense for the Bruins, both scoring depth and putting the puck in the net during even strength play. The goal-scoring woes have been magnified this season as the B’s power play has been merely good this season instead of top-5 dominant as it had been in the past with Torey Krug quarterbacking the unit.