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Boston Bruins Fall To Ottawa In The First Round And A Look Ahead At The Teams Future

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What Should The B’s Do From Here?

The Boston Bruins fell to the Ottawa Senators in overtime last night. This loss knocked them out of the playoffs.

This series was just so evenly matched that each game was decided by only a single goal. Four of the six games went to overtime and one went to double overtime. There were positives and negatives that came out of the series. I will name a few and break them down.

Positives:

Charlie McAvoy:

He was unbelievable in this series. I know I was the one to say that he should not have played in the playoffs because it would hurt his development. On that I can say that I was wrong. This kid is an absolute stud. He played in all six games and averaged 25 minutes of ice time. McAvoy recorded three assists and five shots as well  and finished the series a minus 2.

McAvoy proved that he is ready to play in the NHL. He has some of the best hockey IQ I have seen in a while. He was rarely out of position which is a lot to say about a 19-year-old. I never saw him make many stupid plays. There was one I think it was game three when he screened Tuukka Rask on a Ottawa goal. But that happens so not that big of a mistake.

I would say look to see him get slotted down to second pairing when Brandon Carlo returns for next season.

Roster Depth:

Boston proved that they have depth in their roster with all of the injuries. We saw that the future for the defense is set, with guys like Charlie McAvoy and Colin Miller, and I would put Joe Morrow in there as well. Morrow is a great 7th d-man that could possibly turn into a 3rd line guy. We saw that even with Noel Acciari and David Krejci hurt the Bruins were able to find a guy to fill the whole. The Bruins have a problem that is good to have and that is they have a surplus amount of players. Look to see some players get moved before next season.

Negatives:

Veterans did not show up:

The Bruins loss the series because the guys that needed to show up did not. Brad Marchand only had two points in the series. Patrice Bergeron, David Backes and David Pastrnak all did not play at their best. Pasta had only 2 goals and had like 30 plus attempted shot with only 10 of them actually hitting the net. Also Zdeno Chara did not play well at all. I know he played more minutes than he should have but he still only had one assist and was a minus three. Overall the Bruins did not play very well in the series. I think they deserved to lose.

Discipline

The other thing that haunted the B;s was their inability to stay out of the box. The teams discipline was just awful. One game Zdeno Chara shot the puck over the glass for delay of game. The Senators went on to win that game. David Pastrnak committed a penalty last night and the Sens went on to win the series. Now Pasta does take full responsibility for the loss. Their penalty kill was decent but when you give the other team that many power play opportunities.

Up Next

The Bruins have a ton of choices to make. What do they do with Charlie McAvoy? They need to get a contract worked out with Pastrnak and does Bruce Cassidy stay as head Coach. I say sign Pastrnak to three year contract maybe four but no more. Realistically he will probably get 7 or 8 years because Don Sweeney is smart and does not want to lose a player like that. Then keep Cassidy as he proved that he has what it takes to win here in Boston. Boston has a bright future with all of the kids that are apart of the organization. Boston may be going younger and we may see a few of the kids next season. One for sure is McAvoy and the other is most likely JFK.

Also the Bruins have the expansion draft to worry about. They will be allowed to keep 8 skaters and a goalie.

Justin is a Computer Networking student at Wentworth Institute of Technology and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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Boston Bruins Should Stick With The Hot Hand Of Anton Khudobin

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Dobby may have stolen the Starting Gig From Tuukka Rask

The Boston Bruins have been under a ton of scrutiny since the beginning of the season. One of the issues was, are the kids going to be any good, the other is what is the goaltending situation going to look like. That question has become easier in the past couple of games.

This season we have seen Tuukka Rask Struggle. Many are now questioning if he is an elite goalie still. The only problem with that is that he was never an elite goalie. During his time of success here he had a phenomenal defense in front of him. Now not so much except it seems that backup Anton Khudobin has not had a problem with the defense. Khudobin not only has the wins to deserve the starting role, he has the numbers as well.

In the month of November Tuukka Rask has played in 6 games. In those six games, his save percentage is a .898 and a save percentage of a 2.86.  On the season he has a 2.89 total save percentage in 12 games. The league leader among starters is Sergei Bobrovsky with a 2.02. Then we look at Dobby’s past 3 games in November where he has posted a .949 save percentage and 1.66 GAA.

Dobby has shown that he is still a viable back-up and right now he may even be the starter. Las game against the sharks he only allowed one goal and after being bombarded by 18 shots. In three of his last five games, Khudobin has allowed one goal.

Bostons next game on Wednesday against the red-hot Devils who currently sit in the first place if the Metropolitan division. Bruce Cassidy mat indeed elects Khudobin to be the starter but he as eluded that Tukkaa Rask will get the start. This would be a bad play. The starter should always go to the guy ho is hot not the guy that is supposed to be a top 10 goaltender.

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Boston Bruins Season Is Falling Apart Faster Than It Is Coming Together

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Boston Bruins Stricken With Injuries As More Added To List

Boston Bruins are a team that has nothing positive going for them at the moment. Injury after injury has left the team scratching their head questioning what to do next. Bruce Cassidy has announced that both Anders Bjork and Brad Marchand will not travel with the team.

David Krejci will travel with the team on the upcoming road trip. This brings a small amount of light to a team with much darkness.

This is probably the biggest loss yet as Brad Marchand has 15 points in 14 games. Then Bjork a rookie who cemented his spot on the top line in training camp has 9 points already. Boston has already dug into the reserves in Providence with Danton Heinen and Jordan Swarz.

Now, these guys have played well since getting the call-up but a guy like Marchand is not replaceable. Hopefully, Providence is able to spare a couple more players or there might be a trade looming near. Providence is a team chalk full of young talent lucky for Boston except the well is starting to run dry. The Baby Bruins will soon run into the problem of not being able to field a team of their own.

Most Likely Call-Up Candidates

Zach Senyshyn. Senyshyn has 5 points in 12 games so far in Providence. He was on the bubble of making the roster during camp. Both Bjork and Debrusk took that spot. This could be his chance.

Kenny Agostino. Agostino who already has a couple NHL games this season and has been lighting up the AHL with 9 points in 8 games. Another bubble guy that lost out on a roster spot as he went down in the preseason with an injury.

Anton Blidh. Blidh who also has NHL experience would bring a bit more grit to a speedy team.

Peter Cehlarik. Another guy that is a bit more of a grinder than a goal scorer but that might be just what Boston needs.

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Boston Bruins Rob O’Gara Has His Shot To Make The Big Club

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Rob O’Gara To Get His Shot

All season long the Boston Bruins have been dealing with injuries and other roster question marks. Additionally, Brad Marchand is now out with an upper-body injury. David Krejci has been placed on the IR. Rob O’Gara has been called up from Providence.

O’Gara now has his shot to earn himself a roster spot just as some of his former Providence team members have done, as with Danton Heinen. Alike Heinen O’Gara will have to make this chance count as Heinen did by scoring two goals in his debut. Though the expectations for O’Gara are a bit different seeing that he is a defenseman. Also, the expectation for him is to make a limited amount of mistakes. Plus contributing to the offense if/when possible.

Right now the Bruins are struggling in their own end, as most of their defenseman is a minus on the plus-minus chart. In contrast, O’Gara in 7 games for Providence is a plus-four. Hopefully, he can bring some much-needed defense, with the exception of Zdeno Chara to a team with many offensive minded d-man.

Similarly, the league has evolved to one where offensive defensemen are more sought. This leads to holes in the defense as we have seen with Boston so far during the first 12 games. Boston is looking for that spark on defense and O’Gara may be it.

Roster Position

The most likely spot for O’Gara to end up is the third pairing. Now that may seem bad, however, the Bruins run three d-pairs more than other teams. O’Gara gains the much-needed NHL experience from his ice time. Hopefully, he is not just here for one game as that would be useless. It would not help him in any way possible. In fact, it would most likely hurt him mostly his confidence. O’Gara should be a better fit than the newly acquired Paul Postma. Not only does O’Gara seem to have a bit more overall skill, he has more upside.

O’Gara a 24-year-old selected by the Bruins in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Tonights Game

Boston will face the Minnesota Wild at home. The game will be aired on NESN and broadcast on 98.5 the sports hub.

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