BOSTON -- The Bruins have certainly fielded plenty of questions about their defense since Dennis Seidenberg went down. They’ve given up 21 goals in the seven games since Seidenberg tore the ACL/MCL in his right knee, and the team's penalty kill has surrendered eight power play goals over that time.
But the Bruins have also scored just 12 goals in five games during the month of January, an average of 2.4 goals per game. That’s down almost a half-goal from their normal offensive output.
There’s been an offensive slowdown for Milan Lucic (one assist in four games), Jarome Iginla (one goal, one assist in five games and David Krejci (one assist in five games) this month, and the second line of Patrice Bergeron (two assists in five games), Brad Marchand (one goal, one assist in five games) and Reilly Smith (one goal in five games) have been only slightly more prolific.
The Bruins are looking at their recent output as a team-wide challenge. They have a suddenly-malfunctioning power play that’s gone frigid with an 0-for-13 in the last five games, and they've been banged up. Good health has just recently returned to the third line and fourth line, with only Chris Kelly still missing from their ideal top-12 group of forwards.
“We don’t really look at one or two players," Claude Julien said. "I think we score by committee and you just have to look at our scoring; it’s pretty leveled out. I don’t think we’re a team that has one guy that we have to rely on heavily to score. We do it by committee and that’s what’s served us well in the past.
“I don’t know that [David] Krejci -- he’s below a point a game so that’s not bad. [Patrice] Bergeron is the type of player that plays such a good two-way game I think his goal production has been pretty decent so far. We just have to rely on everybody to do their share and we’re going to be okay.”
Carl Soderberg leads the team with four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in five games during the month of January, and both Daniel Paille and Torey Krug share the team lead with two goals this month. It’s nice to see some other names at the top of the leader scoreboard, but it’s also time for some of Boston’s featured offensive players to start getting back into the act.