The Bruins have been given the day off. They will practice tomorrow at TD Garden in preparation for Thursday’s game against Edmonton. It will be the second date on the Bruins’ five-game homestand. They will be gunning for their fourth win in a row.
Here’s the latest version of Plus/Minus:
+ Two-line attack. The threesome of Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and Nathan Horton clicked for four of Boston’s six goals against the Islanders. For as dangerous as Krejci and Co. were around the net, the line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Tyler Seguin generated even more scoring chances. It will be very hard for opponents, especially at the Garden, to get the defensive matchups they want if both lines are roaring. No clear-cut No. 1 line right now.
+ Better defensive play in the house. The core of Claude Julien’s collapsing-zone system is stout play in front of the net. At least one defenseman is positioned in the low slot. Forwards are instructed to collapse to the house. The Bruins are getting much better at protecting this patch of ice.
+ Efficient penalty kill. Even without Rich Peverley, the Boston PK went perfect (4 for 4) against the Islanders. Jordan Caron assumed most of Peverley’s shorthanded shifts alongside Chris Kelly. The Bruins are perfect over the last three games (11 for 11).
– Unlucky hands for Marchand. The pesky left wing is producing multiple scoring chances per game. But the snakebitten sophomore hasn’t potted a goal in nine straight games. Marchand’s likely to start chucking opposing defensemen into the net out of frustration.
– Still no power-play goals from Joe Corvo. From a point blaster who entered the year with 36 career PP strikes. Did a good job of getting his shot on net prior to Horton’s goal last night, though.
– The puck to Daniel Paille’s nose off Steve Staios’s stick. Nothing Paille could do to avoid the puck. Bad luck. It took the Garden gang longer to clean up Paille’s blood than the left wing needed to get up and walk to the dressing room. We’d say Paille is a tough hockey player. But that’s a redundant phrase.