62. Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins. Please Jebus, Someone Kill a Penalty

Oh praise Jebus, seriously get on your knees and praise Jebus, that someone plays defense tonight. The last time the Bruins played the Capitals they go embarrassed at home. That caveman fuck Alexander Ovechkin had two power play goals while the Bruins gave the Capitals six power play opportunities. 

What the fuck was going through the heads of the players in that game? I haven't seen them that undisciplined in a long time. Lets get a pep talk into the boys: 

The Bruins penalty kill is taking a nose dive. They currently rank 13th in the NHL, hanging to a thread at 82.1% of all penalties killed. That's just not good enough. I know a lot of people like to look at Dennis Seidenberg's injury and say "DO YOU SEE?! DO YOU SEE WHAT HE MEANS?!" and site that PK number and Tuukka Rask's one goal jump in GAA. It's definitely a big deal when you see that Seidenberg is still third on the team in SH/TOI, but it's not the complete reason. There's three other players on the ice with him (sometimes two). 

Did Peter Chiarelli address this need at the trade deadline? 

Well….no. I mean look Andrej Meszaros for a third round pick is a pretty good get. Here's the problem: If the Bruins make it to the Eastern Conference Finals and Meszaros plays 2/3 of the Bruins postseason games – that third rounder becomes a second rounder and that's where my problem lies. 

Meszaros doesn't do anything to help a penalty kill in disarray. He averages less than a minute per game killing penalties. Less than a minute. So there's a clear need for a guy who can log a shit ton of minutes (which at even strength Meszaros isn't really doing at 17:22 minutes per game) and can kill penalties. You don't need a power play defenseman given the offensive abilities like Krug and Hamilton. 

And that comes around full circle when you play a team like Washington who is second in the NHL on the power play (23%) and is first in the league in power play opportunities (235). If the penalty kill is going to take a nose dive and Boston is going to face teams in the upper half (possibly upper third) of the league in PP Ops – some attention to a defenseman who can kill penalties would have been fantastic. 

I'm going to get more in depth about the Bruins and their recent trade deadline acquisitions later today, but that was something that both irked me and is relevant to today's game. Washington is a fucking power play machine. 

Projected Lines

In: Tuukka Rask, 
Out: Adam McQuaid (duh), Andrej Meszaros, Jordan Caron

Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Reilly Smith
Carl Söderberg – Chris Kelly – Loui Eriksson
Shawn Thornton – Greg Campbell – Dan Paille

Zdeno Chara – Dougie Hamilton
Johnny Boychuk – Matt Bartkowski
Torey Krug – Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask


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