It’s been a long, strange year for the Boston Bruins, and they still have a whopping 56 games to play as hit a Jan. 1 date that usually marks close to the midpoint of the regular season. They’re just three points out of a playoff spot behind the Detroit Red Wings with five games in hand and stand in relatively good shape overall when it comes to the postseason.
But there are more questions about this current Bruins team than any in recent memory with an incomplete roster populated by new faces with less than a year of service for the Black and Gold. Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy admitted there’s still plenty to learn about this year’s B’s team that once again has issues with scoring diversity and five-on-five offense.
This week has been excellent from the perspective of a mini-training camp to work on problem areas before the games begin arriving in fast and furious fashion. But this will be the only time to really address things in practice once the schedule gets incredibly heavy for the Bruins for the rest of the regular season.
“Once you start playing, there’s very little time, maybe around the All-Star Break you’ll have time to reset and if you need practice days to kind of fix your team,” said Cassidy, as the Bruins prepare to kick things off with back-to-back games this weekend. “It’s tough with a schedule like this. You’ve got to balance rest with work…it’s frustrating when you don’t have a concrete date. We weren’t sure. Now we do, we know it’s Saturday, so I think that helps everybody mentally.
“It will be a challenge with the frequency of games coming in the second half. But if you’re playing well and you’re healthy then all you want to do is play and it can work to your advantage just as easily as against you.”
With all that in mind, here’s the top problem areas that need to be addressed for the Boston Bruins if they truly hope to compete for the Stanley Cup over the remaining four plus months of hockey remaining.