Midseason Grades for Each Line on the Boston Bruins

January 11th, 2015 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »
In the wake of several tweaks to their line combinations, the Boston Bruins have crossed the midway point of 2014-15 on a rare winning streak. That fact ought to underscore one of this team’s chief shortcomings in a mediocre 20-15-6 start through the 41-game mark.

That 20th win occurred this past Wednesday, when the Bruins topped the powerful Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime, 3-2. They have since bagged back-to-back regulation victories for the first time since mid-November, tallying three goals each night.

As much as those results have improved Boston’s outlook, the sample size is still too small to evaluate the depth chart’s new configuration. The notion of whether this arrangement even sticks or ultimately reverts to more customary combinations will take shape with time.

If there is a considerable shelf life for the current lines, that will speak to an improvement on the status quo. As it was for the majority of the first 41 games of 2014-15, however, the makeup of the Bruins lines did not warrant many rave reviews.

The following four evaluations will focus on the forward lines the Bruins deployed under normal ...

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