The Boston Bruins are struggling to score goals, especially at even strength, and it’s cost them in two of the first three games of the 2020-21 NHL season.
But is it time to panic over the B’s lack of even-strength scoring?
There’s no question the Bruins lack scoring depth. We wrote and talked about it throughout the offseason. Craig Smith was a nice free-agent addition, but he alone was never going to solve the team’s secondary scoring problem.
The Bruins are the only team — aside from the Dallas Stars, who haven’t played yet — without an even-strength goal and the season is nearly a week old.
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The lack of goals is not ideal, but the numbers don’t paint a totally horrendous picture for Boston. The Bruins have 135 shot attempts during even-strength play and have allowed 111, and that 54.9 percentage is the fourth-best in the league. Boston has 76 shots on goal at even strength and has allowed 54, and that 58.5 percentage is second-best in the league.
This means the Bruins are controlling play at even strength, they just haven’t cashed in yet. It would be more concerning if the ice was tilted against the Bruins and they weren’t scoring at even strength.
Look at Monday’s loss to the Islanders. Boston had a plus-19 edge in shot attempts, a plus-10 advantage in shots on net and a plus-4 lead in scoring chances…