Heading into this season, the expectations for the Bruins offense were mild to say the least. With so many questions marks in their forward corps after the offseason attrition, there wasn’t much optimism for Boston to sniff last season’s total goal tally of 305. The B’s were expected to be a team that leaned heavily on their defense and goaltending and get “just enough” scoring to stay competitive.

That proved to be the case early on, as Boston was just 18th in goal scoring (3.06) heading into Christmas. Since then they’ve been a whole different animal, averaging a league best 4.29 per game. The B’s have scored four or more goals in eleven of their last seventeen games, including 9-4, 7-3 and 6-2 pastings of Montreal, Tampa and Philly.

On Christmas Eve, through 32 games, the Bruins only had three players with double-digit goals and five with 20+ points. On the back of this 17-game goal scoring binge, those numbers have swollen to six and nine respectively.

As usual, David Pastrnak is leading the charge but he’s not the only Bruin on a tear right now. The rest of the Killer B’s have woken up.

Charlie Coyle had 21 points in the first 32 games, he’s matched that output in his last 17. Jake DeBrusk had 11 points in his first 31 games and 14 in his last 16. Trent Fredric had 14 points in 32 games and 15 in the last 17. 

Charlie McAvoy had 18 points and was skating at a -7 in his first 24 games. Since then he has 15 points and is skating at +20 on 25 minutes a night. Hampus Lindholm had 7 points and was skating at +1, and he’s tacked on 12 points and +16. 

The most important aspect of this eruption of offense is how it’s happening. Boston has shot up from 24th to 5th in goal scoring at even strength. 

Five-on-Five scoring has been a question mark for this team for what seems like a decade. What has been encouraging about this run has been that the depth scoring has largely come at five-on-five.

Of all the Bruins who have contributed ten or more points since Christmas, only DeBrusk has less than half of his points at even strength.


Photo: Derek Hamilton / Associated Press

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