Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Bruins are making it very hard to ignore regular season hockey

They had a near perfect month of November.  They are 14-0-1 in their last 15 games, and just one random shootout goal away from being undefeated in the last 38 days.  They are running away with the Northeast Division, and have absolutely owned Toronto, the 2nd place team.  They've beaten them 4 times already by a combined score of 23-6.  And last night the Bruins went into Pittsburgh and easily handled the Penguins (the one team many experts claim is better than Boston), winning 3-1.  But the most impressive stat of all is their goal differential (yeah, it's kind of weird that I also wrote about scoring differential yesterday, but I think it's a very telling statistic in sports that people generally don't pay enough attention to).  The Bruins have outscored their opponents by 36 goals this season, which is 17 more than the Red Wings, who rank 2nd in the NHL at +19.  The fact that that number is 89% better than the second best is absolutely ridiculous.  I've said many times before that I'm not a big hockey fan, but right now the B's are impossible to ignore.

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