Milbury breaks down Bruins power play struggles

Milbury breaks down Bruins power play struggles
February 8, 2013, 3:29 pm
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The Bruins (7-1-1, 15 points) are tops in the Northeast Division at this point in the season, but it's certainly not because of their power play.

Despite the B's focus on improving it, they went into Thursday boasting one of the worst power play percentages this season in the league.

In fact, they're just ahead of the New York Rangers for 29th place, coming in at 8.8 percent (3-34).

Mike Felger and Mike Milbury break down the B's power play issues on CSNNE's debut show of Cross Check.

"I asked the question first, do they have enough talent?" Milbury said. "I think they do. They have scoring up front, Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. Certainly Lucic that front presence, Brad Marchand will go there. They have speed to get it in the zone, be it Tyler Seguin or Rich Peverley, so talent is not the issue."

So what is the issue then? If the talent is there, is it simply a case of not using it correctly? Milbury has an idea.

"I think they make a mistake going to forwards on the blue line," he said. "I think they have to stick with defensemen there. They've got enough talented players now with Dougie Hamilton if he is what we think he is, and Zdeno Chara, and Dennis Seidenberg. Those three guys can rotate through."

Perhaps that's a route that B's coach Claude Julien will have no choice but to take, but it ultimately falls on the players to execute.

"It's mostly talent, and I think coaches overwork it, over-think it, and the players right now on the Bruins looks like they lost their confidence on the power play. Time to step back," Milbury said.