Bruins need another weapon
Punchless Boston should seek a goal-scorer
Plugging Holes - Boston Bruins
The Hole: Any kind of scoring
What an incredible drop.
A season ago, the Boston Bruins were second in the NHL in goals for, with 270, and looked to be able to weather the loss of Phil Kessel to Toronto. Instead, the B's lost an incredible 74 goals from their 2008-09 total to finish dead last in the NHL with 196. The culprit: a precipitous drop in shooting percentage. Whereas the Bruins scored on 10.9 percent of their shots the previous season, in 2009-10 they managed to bury only 7.5 percent of them, easily worst in the league. Some of this will bounce back naturally since teams often regress to the mean in shooting percentage. But some was caused by the loss of Kessel, injuries to Marc Savard and Milan Lucic, and reduced effectiveness from Michael Ryder and Dennis Wideman. The Bruins should be looking for some extra scoring, because Tuukka Rask can't bail them out every night.
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