By Peter Bolt
The Boston Bruins are one of the hottest teams in the NHL right now, going (7-0-3) in their last ten and (14-2-4) in their last 20. In the Bruins last 20 games, they have allowed only 21 goals and have put up 42 goals resulting in an impressive plus 21 goal differential. Much of Boston’s success can be contributed to their exceptional goaltending and defensive play. The Bruins are currently second in the league in goals against due to Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin. Rask currently holds a 2.25 GAA along with a .919 save percentage in 28 games. Khudobin holds a 2.40 GAA along with an impressive .924 save percentage in 16 appearances this season. If Boston’s goaltending can continue to play at this level, they will be a force to be reckoned with come playoff time.
The Bruin’s success is also due to Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, and Patrice Bergeron. Marchand has 41 points in only 34 games this season and leads the team in points, goals, and assists. Pastrnak has been firing on all cylinders recording close to a point a game and leads the team in power-play points. Bergen has been one of the best, if not the best two-way forward on the Bruin’s roster and leads the team in plus minus as a plus 19. The Bruins look to continue their strong defensive play tonight as they host the Canadiens. Puck drop is just after 7:30pm ET.
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