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.

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.