What Needs to be Done: Boston Bruins 2015-2016
By Mitch Canzano
The Bruins finally got their first win of the year, and it certainly wasn’t close. The B’s came out and attacked the Avalanche all night and long and even chased goaltender Semyon Varlamov from the game after he let in his fifth goal.
Six different Bruins scored in a 6-2 win. Recent call up Tyler Randell scored his 1st NHL goal. Colin Miller got his first assist on a 1st period goal by Jimmy Hayes. Speaking of Hayes, he had one heck of a night. He racked up a goal and three assists on the night.
The Kelly-Spooner-Hayes line absolutely went off this game as they all had goals. This line, as well as the Beleskey-Krejci-Pastrnak lines are clicking well right now, though Pastrnak had a quiet night tonight, not registering a SOG. The Bruins offense has actually been quite good, as they are averaging 3.25 goals per game thus far.
However, defense is the team’s current weakness, and with Claude Julien giving Tuukka the night off, Jonas Gustavsson took over in between the pipes and the defense had a solid night in front of him. The Avs’ second goal was a softy let in by Gustavsson, so the defense isn’t to blame there.
What I think would help the Bruins at this point is to play a defensively sound night in front of Rask, as his confidence is low right now and he’s pretty rattled after letting in 14 goals in his first 3 games in net this season. Confidence is huge for a goalie and that’s just what Rask needs to get back to his usual numbers.
With Brad Marchand out, I think it’s time for the Bruins to call up Frank Vatrano and give him a shot. He’s dominating for the Providence Bruins (AHL) and has the hot hand right now. Giving him a chance could help spark the Bruins as they travel along the West Coast.
Claude Julien has always been a defense first coach, and with the defense struggling mightily early on, it could be time for a change behind the bench on Causeway St. The Bruins promoted from within the organization during the GM search, could they do the same with the head coach.