On Sports Tonight, Michael Felger points out that the Bruins have the seventh-most points in the NHL and are 5-3-2 this season against the six teams ahead of them.
So, the numbers point to the B's as a Stanley Cup contender again, do they not?
Not so fast, says Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe. And, Dupont says, that's the problem. They're not so fast.
"You're not wrong," Dupont told Felger. "The one metric you can't measure is team speed. They's don't match up well there with Chicago and they don't measure up against Anaheim."
The loss of defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to a knee injury for the season doesn't help there, either, Dupont said.
"Montreal gives them fits [when it comes to speed]," Felger said, pointing to the B's 4-1 loss to the Habs last Thursday.
It leaves the Bruins a step behind the NHL's elite, Dupont said, adding "Their foot game is a liability and is going to remain a liability."