Re: What's Wrong With Bergeron?
posted at 12/1/2013 10:08 AM EST
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"Wrong" isn't the word I'd choose, but then I don't think anything is "wrong" with Eriksson either. I think there has been something off with Marchand, but that's been covered.
My theory? There are a couple of things "going on" with PB. Look at his stats: 8-5-13, +10 and 60%+ on faceoffs. Hits, takeaways, giveaways, shooting % - all are consistent with his production over the last three years. Eight goals to date projected over the season would be 24-25 goals - slightly up over his 22 in back to back full seasons. So in almost every way, he's having the same broad and positive impact on the Bruins' results as he always has. Gotta love that.
When I watch, it seems like Bergeron is attempting more shots, or, at least, when he doesn't have the puck, he's setting up to get open for one-timers much more regularly than he has in years past. He's lower in the zone, too - maybe an effect of having Eriksson on his wing rather than Seguin? He doesn't play as high because he isn't covering for the kid? Anyway, last year, he actually took more shots per game (misses + SOG), but he's up about half an attempt per game over the last two full seasons. I think part of this is that Bergeron challenged himself to score goals at the pace he did in the playoffs last year, and he's made some adjustments to try to do that.
This is affecting his assist numbers a bit because if he's looking to shoot more often, he's making the extra pass less. And really, that's the only number that's down. So the other part of my theory is that yes, with Marchand and Eriksson scoring at a slower pace, Bergeron isn't picking up assists on passes to his wings. That's started to change since the beginning of the season when it sure looked like Eriksson was on the outside of a two man clique.