Great Start means....
posted at 2/25/2013 7:39 AM EST
I'm not sure what this whole best start in 36 years thing means - best start since the second year of the Ratelle/Park era.
Love the Bill Parcell's line that you are what your record says you are, but the record right now seems inflated. Are they really playing that well? Better to start a year than at any time in Ray Bourque's entire career? With Lucic sitting on four goals, Bergeron and Seguin with three, and the entire third line with a total of four? And zero PPG at home? Yes, the defensive game has been solid except against the Sabres and the PK has been beyond expectations. But this good?
Then I wonder if it's the quality of opposition. How many games have the Bruins played against playoff teams? The answer based on today's standings is 5 of 15, and four of the 5 are Toronto, Montreal, Carolina and TBay. In other words, teams that didn't make the playoffs last year. It looks a bit like the schedule has helped, but then again, the Bruins haven't lost to any of the teams that are currently playoff teams either. Who are the teams I think they need to beat to show that they're for real?
The only team in the East that they haven't played that fits that bill is Pittsburgh.
It's a weird season, folks, and even though the Bruins haven't been really clicking like we've seen in years past when they had a huge GF/GA differential, they're earning top spot in the East (allowing for games in hand). 2/3rds of the season to go, of course, and it gets harder in terms of scheduling, but I think this start is legit.