The Bruins' Christmas break ends Friday night when they host the Ottawa Senators. The three-day respite is the perfect time for CSNNE.com Bruins insider Joe Haggerty, on SportsNet Central, to pass out some superlatives from the season so far.
Biggest overacheiver: "I don't think there's any doubt that it's Reilly Smith," said Haggerty. Thought of a just a throw-in in the deal that sent Tyler Seguin to Dallas, Smith has 12 goals and 28 points for the B's. "I don't think anyone could have guessed he'd be this good," Haggerty said.
Biggest surprise: That would be the power play. "We've seen it be terrible for five, six, seven years. We've seen it be terrible when they won the Stanley Cup," Haggerty said. Not this season. The Boston power play is fifth in the NHL at 22 percent. Moving Zdeno Chara down low and utilizing Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton has turned what was once a weakness into a strength.
Second-half star: Haggerty predicts big things from Ryan Spooner. "No one else [on the Bruins] has that kind of speed," he said.