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One Big Thing: Boston Calling
What’s Happening: The Boston Bruins went into Tuesday’s matchup with the Sabres boasting a 4-0 record since the April 12 NHL trade deadline, when they picked up Taylor Hall from those same Buffalo Sabres. After receiving another strong performance from goaltender Tuukka Rask, the Bruins extended their streak to five games with a 2-0 win over the Sabres. Since losing to the Washington Capitals 8-1 on April 11, the Bs have been one of the hottest teams in the league, leading some to say they “won” the trade deadline.
Tell Me More: According to NBC Sports Boston, the Bruins have improved in two main areas since the trade deadline — scoring depth and 5-on-5 play. Six of the Bruins 12 goals in their last five wins have come during 5-on-5 play, but “the improvement at 5-on-5 isn't only about goals, though. The Bruins are creating more scoring chances (and higher quality chances) and dominating puck possession during 5-on-5 action as well.”
In terms of scoring depth, the highly publicized addition of Taylor Hall to the Bruins second line is already paying dividends. “Just look at the second line of Taylor Hall, David Krejci and Craig Smith. Krejci badly needed another quality winger and Hall has proven to be a great fit so far.” Krejci has three goals and two assists and Smith has two goals and three assists since Hall joined the Bruins. “Krejci's three goals with Hall in the lineup are one more than he had scored in the 35 games before the trade.”
The Bigger Picture: The Bruins are heating up at the right time, thanks in large part to GM Don Sweeney’s deadline deals. Right now, the Bruins are in a playoff position, and they have some room to keep climbing the ranks. The Bs are just four points out of first place, and they have played two games less than the three teams ahead of them.
Insider Updates & Analysis
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A Question for the Peanut Gallery
Can the Bruins catch the Penguins and Capitals in the East Division?