Milbury breaks down Bruins power play struggles


Milbury breaks down Bruins power play struggles

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.

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at the Bruins setting a franchise record this season for fewest practices in a regular season. Thanks compacted schedule due to the World Cup!

*Pavel Zacha is adjusting to life as a rookie in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and things are getting better as they go along.

*Manitoba Moose players relive their favorite Star Wars moments prior to the team holding their Star Wars Night.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Florida Panthers head coach Tom Rowe to discuss the massive changes in that organization with the firing of Gerard Gallant.

*Good for Anders Nilson putting a rainbow decal on the back of his goalie to mask to support some gay friends that have faced public resistance in their lives.

*Bruce Garrioch has his weekly NHL notes with several players, including Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, potentially on the trade block if anybody wants them.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffering a broken leg that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.

*There was no blood for the Vancouver Canucks fans, but there was still plenty of drama in a win over the Maple Leafs.

*For something completely different: The World Baseball Classic works for everybody except for Major League Baseball, and that would appear to be a problem.