Bruins Studs and Duds for January

Studs

Brad Marchand: The left winger was just named the number two star for the last month in the NHL, totaling 11 goals and nine assists in just 14 games. He has spearheaded the recent three-game winning streak with his strong effort. The Bruins are at their best when Marchand is hot and it’s shown as they’ve played their best hockey of the season recently. He has avoided suspension two time this month though, and he needs to be much more careful because the B’s cannot afford to be without him with the most important part of the season ahead of them.

Patrice Bergeron: Finally, Number 37 put together an impressive month with 13 points in 14 games. He has started to rediscover his offensive game with points in each of his last three games(coincidentally or not, all Bruins wins). Both Bergeron and Marchand have looked more themselves over the last few weeks, with both players feeding off each other which makes them so effective in any situation. The Bruins have won five of their last six in which Bergeron recorded at least a point. He needs to continue his strong play for the B’s success to continue.

Colin Miller: His defensive play has steadily improved with more consistent playing time. Miller has started to look like the player the B’s expected to have in the Lucic deal with two points last night and three points in seven January games. His mistakes in his own zone have gone down and his skating ability has been a huge strength for a Bruins team that has looked for that in a defenseman for years. With more playing time, Miller’s performance should get even better.

Duds

Tuukka Rask: After losing just seven regulation games in his first three months, Tuukka lost five games in January and has come back down to earth following a torrid start. His .882 save percentage this month was his worst since April of last season. Granted, the defensive play hasn’t been as consistent as it was earlier in the season, Tuukka certainly isn’t making thing any easier with some bad goals. He’s already played 42 games this season and maybe the wear and tear is getting to him. With the backup goalie situation in shambles, it’s no wonder he’s playing under too much pressure. For him to improve, the backup position has to improve because if not, he’ll end up playing too many games and tiring out like he did at the end of last year.

David Krejci: Still yet to find his game, Krejci has easily been the B’s most frustrating player this season. With just nine points in January and being a minus five, Krejci hasn’t looked himself all season. Typically, Number 46 is the engine that keeps the Bruins going, but with his lackluster play, the B’s offense has been wildly inconsistent. Having Krejci not performing the way he usually does, it has put way too much pressure on the first line to score goals. For the team to be successful, they need to find scoring depth and it all starts with Krejci. Maybe the hip surgeries are getting to him or maybe his age is catching up with him, but one thing is for sure, we haven’t seen the real David Krejci yet this season.

David Pastrnak: His overtime goal last week was his first in 18 games and he is far from the performer who put up goals at a ridiculous pace at the beginning of the season. Granted, it is difficult to keep up that pace but playing on a line with Marchand and Bergeron who are playing their best recently, his lack of production has been puzzling. The 20-year old needs to simplify his game and use his speed to his advantage more often. It’s not all about scoring goals for him, but he needs to get more involved offensively if the B’s hope to be a playoff team.

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