The Boston Bruins are tumbling in the Atlantic Division standings, having lost four in a row and are 3-8 SU in 2017. What exactly is the problem with Boston and can they be trusted looking ahead?
In Bean-Town, the hockey discussion revolves around two topics, should coach Claude Julien be fired and how much is the Bruins front office to blame for the current roster?
As far as Julien, he's proven to be a very good coach in his career but does not have the roster to play with the league's changing skill set of speed, speed, and more speed. Boston still plays more like they did when they won the Stanley Cup in 2011 and made it to the finals two years later. Those teams have big physical wingers, who could wear down the opposition, but as Chicago proved in 2013 if you cannot catch what you want to hit, that style is rendered useless.
The B's beyond Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak lack players that can score and strong center ice play and this shows up in the fact they have out-shot the opposition in 38 of first 50 games, yet are 24th in scoring. Difficult to back a team that lacks scoring punch for NHL picks.
Defensively, Boston is 10th in goals allowed 2nd in killing penalties, but top goalie Tuukka Rask has gone from 1st to 5th in goals allowed and the defense outside of undersized Torey Krug (5'9) is ordinary at best and does little to push the puck up the ice to help the offense.
Because of salary cap problems and mishandling of other players (Tyler Seguin now of Dallas pops up first of several mistakes), the Bruins have had to retool on the run and are stuck presently being neither good nor bad, which is a terrible place to be.
When looking at the NHL odds when Boston takes the ice, grab a coin and flip it, since that is where the Bruins are right now.