A few observations about the current squad (after a measly 4 games in):
- I feel pretty comfortable, given the history of the coach, to be able to judge the PP and, yup, it's still a problem. As we saw last year in the playoffs, they can obviously survive without it. Will this team continue to succeed going against the grain? It's common knowledge that a successful team needs to have great special teams, isn't it? Are the Bruins writing a new formula for winning by having two great goaltenders, playing sound defense and dominating 5 on 5 play? They're currently 1-3 because they've played lackluster 5 on 5 AND the PP has been abysmal again, but I really can't get myself to complain about the PP because I know they can dominate if they just wake up playing 5 on 5.
- Thomas and Rask are going to absolutely dominate this year, even more so than last year. It's actually been pretty refreshing how the team has handled Rask and his attitude has made him one of my favorite Bruins. He seems to really enjoy the team and his role (obviously knowing he'll be the man soon given Thomas' age). I wouldn't be surprised if the duo won the Jennings award this year.
- It's interesting to me how little changes Claude has made so far. I thought winning a Stanley Cup would give him the cache to change some of the things he does that haven't been successful (like the PP), but it seems to have validated his methodology and he's stuck by it. I don't necessarily think this is a bad thing, but we'll see how the season progresses.
- Marchand is fucking awesome.
- Seguin looks unreal
I feel comfortable saying those things after 5 games. Discuss.
Edit: I can't count, thanks Tito. Screw you jsinger.
Edited by FL4WL3SS, 13 October 2011 - 08:05 AM.